Human-computer interaction in ubiquitous computing environments
Abawajy, J. H. 2009, Human-computer interaction in ubiquitous computing environments, International journal of pervasive computing and communications, vol. 5, no. 1, Special issue: Advances in pervasive computing, pp. 31-77.
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore characteristics of human-computer interaction when the human body and its movements become input for interaction and interface control in pervasive computing settings. Design/methodology/approach – The paper quantifies the performance of human movement based on Fitt's Law and discusses some of the human factors and technical considerations that arise in trying to use human body movements as an input medium.
Findings – The paper finds that new interaction technologies utilising human movements may provide more flexible, naturalistic interfaces and support the ubiquitous or pervasive computing paradigm. Practical implications – In pervasive computing environments the challenge is to create intuitive and user-friendly interfaces. Application domains that may utilize human body movements as input are surveyed here and the paper addresses issues such as culture, privacy, security and ethics raised by movement of a user's body-based interaction styles. Originality/value – The paper describes the utilization of human body movements as input for interaction and interface control in pervasive computing settings.
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