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TangiSoft: A Tangible Direct-Touch Tabletop Keyboard

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ahmed KharrufaORCiD, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD, Dr Philip HeslopORCiD


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Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 TangiSoft is a hybrid of a physical and a soft keyboard designed for digital tabletop learning settings and aims to combine the advantages of tangible and direct-touch interaction. TangiSoft was realized by tracking a keyboard printed on paper, allowing direct-touch text entry, and augmenting printed layout through projection. The design hypotheses were that the tangible characteristics would elicit two-handed interaction, leading to improved mobility, and better integration of text entry with high-level activities. The goal was to introduce a keyboard that is more suited to tabletop learning applications which require high mobility and frequent text entry. A study was conducted to explore people's use of TangiSoft as compared to soft keyboards. The results showed that mobility is largely a characteristic of the user rather than the tool, but still, TangiSoft did elicit two-handed interaction leading to greater user mobility

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Author(s): Sulaiman A, Olivier P, Heslop PA

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA 2009)

Year of Conference: 2009

Pages: 918-926

Publisher: AACE


Series Title: Hypermedia and Telecommunications