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Cursor relocation techniques to help older adults find ‘lost’ cursors

Hollinworth, N. and Hwang, F. (2011) Cursor relocation techniques to help older adults find ‘lost’ cursors. In: CHI 2011, 7 - 12 May 2011, Vancouver, Canada, pp. 863-866, (Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems)

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1145/1978942.1979068


Older adult computer users often lose track of the mouse cursor and so resort to methods such as shaking the mouse or searching the entire screen to find the cursor again. Hence, this paper describes how a standard optical mouse was modified to include a touch sensor, activated by releasing and touching the mouse, which automatically centers the mouse cursor to the screen, potentially making it easier to find a ‘lost’ cursor. Six older adult computer users and six younger computer users were asked to compare the touch sensitive mouse with cursor centering with two alternative techniques for locating the mouse cursor: manually shaking the mouse and using the Windows sonar facility. The time taken to click on a target after a distractor task was recorded, and results show that centering the mouse was the fastest to use, with a 35% improvement over shaking the mouse. Five out of six older participants ranked the touch sensitive mouse with cursor centering as the easiest to use.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Department of Bio-Engineering
ID Code:36240

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