TR2007-053

Direct-Touch vs. Mouse Input for Tabletop Displays


    •  Forlines, C.; Wigdor, D.; Shen, C.; Balakrishnan, R., "Direct-touch vs. Mouse Input for Tabletop Displays", ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), ISBN: 978-1-50503-503-9, April 2007, pp. 647-656.
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      • @inproceedings{Forlines2007apr,
      • author = {Forlines, C. and Wigdor, D. and Shen, C. and Balakrishnan, R.},
      • title = {Direct-touch vs. Mouse Input for Tabletop Displays},
      • booktitle = {ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)},
      • year = 2007,
      • pages = {647--656},
      • month = apr,
      • isbn = {978-1-50503-503-9},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2007-053}
      • }
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    Data Analytics


We investigate the differences - in terms of both quantitative performance and subjective preference - between direct-touch and mouse input for unimanual and bimanual tasks on tabletop displays. The results of two experiments show that for bimanual tasks performed on tabletops, users benefit from direct-touch input. However, our results also indicate that mouse input may be more appropriate for a single user working on tabletop tasks requiring only single-point interaction.