Extending Interaction for Smart Watches: Enabling Bimanual Around Device Control

Jarrod M Knibbe, Diego Martinez-Plasencia, Christopher Bainbridge, Chee-Kin Chan, Jiawei Wu, Thomas Cable, Hassan Munir, David Coyle

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The size of a smart watch limits the available interactive surface for the user. Most current smart watches use a combination of a touch screen and physical buttons. Unfortunately, a small touch screen’s usability is limited when it can be easily occluded, such as by a finger. In this paper, we look at extending the interactive surface for a smart watch to the back of the hand. Our approach reduces screen occlusion by enabling off-device gestural interaction. We define a range of supported bimanual gestures and present a prototype device.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherACM Press / Sheridan
Number of pages6
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 Apr 2014
EventACM CHI2014 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 26 Apr 20141 May 2014


ConferenceACM CHI2014


  • Bimanual Gestures
  • Display Occlusion
  • Haptic Feedback
  • Surface Appropriation
  • Around Device Interaction
  • Mobile Devices


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