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Improving Accuracy and  Efficiency of Hand Gestures  on Multi-Touch Devices

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Geometric transformation gestures such as rotation, scaling and dragging are extremely common. There are multiple variants of designing and implementing these gestures. Variants include slightly modifying the gesture input (e.g. different original placement or tracing of fingers) or the resulting action (e.g. scale factor, retention of scale centre or rotation degree). There has not been a significant amount of research assessing the best design of geometric transformation gestures across multiple multi-touch devices. We describe our research project that looks at variants of standard geometric transformation hand gestures. We hypothesise that these variants are superior to standard geometric transformation gestures (in terms of supporting more precise transformations and faster completion times) and are as easy to initiate and maintain as the standard gestures. We also discuss our experiences in implementing these variants and describe and present user experiments we have completed in order to test our hypotheses. The results show that only some of our variants are more precise and support faster transformation completion and that only some of these results are mirrored between devices. Furthermore, only some of our variants are as easy to initiate and maintain as the standard gestures.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Degree Discipline

Computer Science

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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Master of Science

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis



Victoria University of Wellington School

School of Engineering and Computer Science


Marshall, Stuart