Putting your best foot forward: investigating real-world mappings for foot-based gestures

Jason Alexander, Teng Han, William Judd, Pourang Irani, Sriram Subramanian

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Foot-based gestures have recently received attention as an alternative interaction mechanism in situations where the hands are pre-occupied or unavailable. This paper investigates suitable real-world mappings of foot gestures to invoke commands and interact with virtual workspaces. Our first study identified user preferences for mapping common mobile-device commands to gestures. We distinguish these gestures in terms of discrete and continuous command input. While discrete foot-based input has relatively few parameters to control, continuous input requires careful design considerations on how the user's input can be mapped to a control parameter (e.g. the volume knob of the media player). We investigate this issue further through three user-studies. Our results show that rate-based techniques are significantly faster, more accurate and result if far fewer target crossings compared to displacement-based interaction. We discuss these findings and identify design recommendations.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450310154
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameCHI '12


  • Foot-based interaction
  • foot gestures
  • mobile device interaction

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