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Gaze and feet as additional input modalities for interacting with geospatial interfaces


Coltekin, Arzu; Hempel, Julia; Brychtova, Alzbeta; Giannopoulos, Ioannis; Stellmach, S; Dachselt, R (2016). Gaze and feet as additional input modalities for interacting with geospatial interfaces. ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, III-2:113-120.

Abstract

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are complex software environments and we often work with multiple tasks and multiple displays when we work with GIS. However, user input is still limited to mouse and keyboard in most workplace settings. In this project, we demonstrate how the use of gaze and feet as additional input modalities can overcome time-consuming and annoying mode switches between frequently performed tasks. In an iterative design process, we developed gaze- and foot-based methods for zooming and panning of map visualizations. We first collected appropriate gestures in a preliminary user study with a small group of experts, and designed two interaction concepts based on their input. After the implementation, we evaluated the two concepts comparatively in another user study to identify strengths and shortcomings in both. We found that continuous foot input combined with implicit gaze input is promising for supportive tasks.

Abstract

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are complex software environments and we often work with multiple tasks and multiple displays when we work with GIS. However, user input is still limited to mouse and keyboard in most workplace settings. In this project, we demonstrate how the use of gaze and feet as additional input modalities can overcome time-consuming and annoying mode switches between frequently performed tasks. In an iterative design process, we developed gaze- and foot-based methods for zooming and panning of map visualizations. We first collected appropriate gestures in a preliminary user study with a small group of experts, and designed two interaction concepts based on their input. After the implementation, we evaluated the two concepts comparatively in another user study to identify strengths and shortcomings in both. We found that continuous foot input combined with implicit gaze input is promising for supportive tasks.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:02 Feb 2017 10:27
Last Modified:03 Jun 2017 11:40
Publisher:Copernicus Publications
ISSN:2196-6346
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-annals-III-2-113-2016

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