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Turbulent Touch: Touchscreen Input for Cockpit Flight Displays

Cockburn, Andy and Gutwin, Carl and Palanque, Philippe and Deleris, Yannick and Trask, Catherine and Coveney, Ashley and Yung, Marcus and Maclean, Karon Turbulent Touch: Touchscreen Input for Cockpit Flight Displays. (2017) In: International Conference for Human-Computer Interaction (CHI 2017), 6 May 2017 - 9 May 2017 (Denver, Colorado, United States).

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1145/3025453.3025584


Touchscreen input in commercial aircraft cockpits offers potential advantages, including ease of use, modifiability, and reduced weight. However, tolerance to turbulence is a challenge for their deployment. To better understand the impact of turbulence on cockpit input methods we conducted a comparative study of user performance with three input methods -- touch, trackball (as currently used in commercial aircraft), and a touchscreen stencil overlay designed to assist finger stabilization. These input methods were compared across a variety of interactive tasks and at three levels of simulated turbulence (none, low, and high). Results showed that performance degrades and subjective workload increases as vibration increases. Touch-based interaction was faster than the trackball when precision requirements were low (at all vibrations), but it was slower and less accurate for more precise pointing, particularly at high vibrations. The stencil did not improve touch selection times, although it did reduce errors on small targets at high vibrations, but only when finger lift-off errors had been eliminated by a timeout. Our work provides new information on the types of tasks affected by turbulence and the input mechanisms that perform best under different levels of vibration.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Thanks to ACM. The definitive version is available at http://dl.acm.org This papers appears in CHI '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems ISBN: 978-1-4503-4655-9 The original PDF is available at: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3025453.3025584
HAL Id:hal-02649024
Audience (conference):International conference proceedings
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Institution:Other partners > Airbus (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Other partners > University of Canterbury - UC (NEW ZEALAND)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
Other partners > University of British Columbia (CANADA)
Other partners > University of Saskatchewan (CANADA)
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