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Space-multiplexed input on mouse-extended notebooks

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Publication date2010
Host publicationProceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Extending Boundaries
Place of publicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM
Pages603-606
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-934-3
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Space-multiplexed input allows the distribution of tasks across spatially separated input devices. In this paper, we present an empirical study that evaluates the practical applicability of space-multiplexed input to mouse-extended notebooks - a common configuration which integrates both a touchpad and an external mouse. Our study shows that (1) two-handed input can instantly be performed by subjects without significant loss in performance; (2) one-handed operation of space-multiplexed interfaces performs worse than time-multiplexed input; and (3) the touchpad can be faster to acquire than virtual handles of standard size.