Publication: Augmented Touch Interactions With Finger Contact Shape And Orientation

Touchscreen interactions are far less expressive than the range of touch that human hands are capable of - even considering technologies such as multi-touch and force-sensitive surfaces. Recently, some touchscreens have added the capability to sense the actual contact area of a finger on the touch surface, which provides additional degrees of freedom - the size and shape of the touch, and the finger's orientation. These additional sensory capabilities hold promise for increasing the expressiveness of touch interactions - but little is known about whether users can successfully use the new degrees of freedom. To provide this baseline information, we carried out a study with a finger-contact-sensing touchscreen, and asked participants to produce a range of touches and gestures with different shapes and orientations, with both one and two fingers. We found that people are able to reliably produce two touch shapes and three orientations across a wide range of touches and gestures - a result that was confirmed in another study that used the augmented touches for a screen lock application.




Varun Gaur
University of Saskatchewan


Gaur, V. 2020. Augmented Touch Interactions With Finger Contact Shape And Orientation. M.Sc. Thesis, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. University of Saskatchewan.


@mastersthesis {556-GAUR-THESIS-2020,
author= {Varun Gaur},
title= {Augmented Touch Interactions With Finger Contact Shape And Orientation},
year= {2020},
address= {Saskatoon, SK, Canada},
school= {University of Saskatchewan}