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Text or image? Investigating the effects of instruction type on mid-air gesture making with novice older adults

Cabreira, A. T. and Hwang, F. (2018) Text or image? Investigating the effects of instruction type on mid-air gesture making with novice older adults. In: The 10th NordiCHI Conference, 1-3 Oct 2018, Oslo, Norway, pp. 452-459. (ISBN: 9781450364379)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1145/3240167.3240222

Abstract/Summary

Unlike traditional interaction methods where the same command (e.g. mouse click) is used for different purposes, mid-air gesture interaction often makes use of different gesture commands for different functions, but first novice users need to learn these commands in order to interact with the system successfully. We describe an empirical study with 25 novice older adults that investigated the effectiveness of 3 “on screen” instruction types for demonstrating how to make mid-air gesture commands. We compared three interface design choices for providing instructions: descriptive (text-based), pictorial (static), and pictorial (animated). Results showed a significant advantage of pictorial instructions (static and animated) over text-based instructions for guiding novice older adults in making mid-air gestures with regards to accuracy, completion time and user preference. Pictorial (animated) was the instruction type leading to the fastest gesture making with 100% accuracy and may be the most suitable choice to support age-friendly gesture learning.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Department of Bio-Engineering
ID Code:77468

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