MK-Pad: a Mouse+Keyboard input technique for distance interaction through a mobile tablet device

Chunchuan Lv, Boyuan Yuan, Ran Bi, Hai Ning, Nancy Diniz, M. L. Dennis Wong

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Abstract

We introduce MK-Pad (Mouse+Keyboard Pad), a technique for entering text and performing mouse operations using a tablet device for distance interaction. MK-Pad uses the screen of a 10.1" tablet touchscreen to host a soft keyboard and turns the screen into a large multi-touch trackpad. The multi-touch capabilities of the tablet make it possible to avoid the need for explicit mode switching between textentry and mouse operations. Similarly, because of the relatively large size of the tablet display, we are able to map the entire external screen onto the tablet display and this provides users with both absolute and relative cursor positioning: tapping causes the cursor to jump to the corresponding location, providing rapid movement across large distances, while clutching using relative mode supports fine positioning control. We conducted two studies. We use data from the first study to inform the design of MK-Pad. In the second study we compare MKPad against the standard mouse and keyboard. The results show that MK-Pad has potential and a good alternative to mouse and keyboard for distance interaction with large displays.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages231-236
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781450322539
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventJoint 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction, APCHI 2013 and the 5th Indian Conference on Human Computer Interaction, India HCI 2013 - Bangalore, India
Duration: 24 Sep 201327 Sep 2013

Conference

ConferenceJoint 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction, APCHI 2013 and the 5th Indian Conference on Human Computer Interaction, India HCI 2013
CountryIndia
CityBangalore
Period24/09/1327/09/13

Keywords

  • Cursor movement
  • Distance interaction
  • Large displays
  • Soft keyboards
  • Tablet devices
  • Touch screen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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    Lv, C., Yuan, B., Bi, R., Ning, H., Diniz, N., & Wong, M. L. D. (2013). MK-Pad: a Mouse+Keyboard input technique for distance interaction through a mobile tablet device. In Proceedings of the 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction (pp. 231-236). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2525194.2525260