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Title
Multi-touch gestures for pre-kindergarten children
Authors
Vicente Ernesto Nácher Soler
Javier Jaén Martínez
Elena Navarro Martínez
Alejandro Catalá Bolós
Pascual Gonzalez
Published in
International Journal of Human - Computer Studies, 73, pp. 37-51 - 2015
Abstract
The direct manipulation interaction style of multi-touch technology makes it the ideal mechanism for learning activities from re-kindergarteners to adolescents. However, most commercial pre-kindergarten applications only support tap and drag operations. This paper investigates pre-kindergarteners’ (2–3 years of age) ability to perform other gestures on multi-touch surfaces. We found that these infants could effectively perform additional gestures, such as one-finger rotation and two-finger scale up and down, just as well as basic gestures, despite gender and age differences. We also identified cognitive and precision issues that may have an impact on the performance and feasibility of several types of interaction (double tap, long press, scale down and two-finger rotation) and propose a set of design guidelines to mitigate the associated problems and help designers envision effective interaction mechanisms for this challenging age range.


BibTeX
@misc{issi_web:id:449,
        title =  "Multi-touch gestures for pre-kindergarten children",
        author = "Vicente Ernesto Nácher Soler and Javier Jaén Martínez and Elena Navarro Martínez and Alejandro Catalá Bolós and Pascual Gonzalez",
        booktitle = "International Journal of Human - Computer Studies, 73, pp. 37-51",
        year = "2015",
        eprint = "http://issi.dsic.upv.es/publications/archives/",
        url = "http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1071581914001074",
        abstract = "The direct manipulation interaction style of multi-touch technology makes it the ideal mechanism for learning activities from re-kindergarteners to adolescents. However, most commercial pre-kindergarten applications only support tap and drag operations. This paper investigates pre-kindergarteners’ (2–3 years of age) ability to perform other gestures on multi-touch surfaces. We found that these infants could effectively perform additional gestures, such as one-finger rotation and two-finger scale up and down, just as well as basic gestures, despite gender and age differences. We also identified cognitive and precision issues that may have an impact on the performance and feasibility of several types of interaction (double tap, long press, scale down and two-finger rotation) and propose a set of design guidelines to mitigate the associated problems and help designers envision effective interaction mechanisms for this challenging age range."
}