An exploration of pen tail gestures for interactions

Feng Tian, Fei Lu, Yingying Jiang, Xiaolong Zhang, Xiang Cao, Guozhong Dai, Hongan Wang

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In this paper, we performed an exploration on the design and evaluation of pen tail gesture, an interaction method that allows the use of pen tail movement to initiate interactions. Based on our interviews with some designers and researchers who regularly used pen-based tools, we conducted three experiments to establish baseline criteria to distinguish intentional pen tail gestures from incidental pen tail movements, and to understand the basic movement behaviors in pen tail gestures. We developed designs and recognition methods of pen gestures, and implemented three application prototypes based on them. Our research can inspire some new designs of pen-based tools and enrich the design repertoire of pen-based user interfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-569
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Human Computer Studies
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Education
  • General Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture


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