Rapid selection of hard-to-access targets by thumb on mobile touch-screens

Neng Hao Yu, Da-Yuan Huang, Jia Jyun Hsu, Yi Ping Hung

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Abstract

Current touch-based UIs commonly employ regions near the corners and/or edges of the display to accommodate essential functions. As the screen size of mobile phones is ever increasing, such regions become relatively distant from the thumb and hard to reach for single-handed use. In this paper, we present two techniques: CornerSpace and BezelSpace, designed to accommodate quick access to screen targets outside the thumb's normal interactive range. Our techniques automatically determine the thumb's physical comfort zone and only require minimal thumb movement to reach distant targets on the edge of the screen. A controlled experiment shows that BezelSpace is significantly faster and more accurate. Moreover, both techniques are application-independent, and instantly accommodate either hand, left or right.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobileHCI 2013 - Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
Pages400-403
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2013 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 27 Aug 201330 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameMobileHCI 2013 - Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2013
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityMunich
Period27/08/1330/08/13

Keywords

  • interaction techniques
  • mobile devices
  • one-handed interaction
  • thumb-based interaction
  • touch-screens

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