Sidetap & slingshot gestures on unmodified smartwatches

Hui Shyong Yeo, Juyoung Lee, Andrea Bianchi, Aaron John Quigley

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We present a technique for detecting gestures on the edge of an unmodified smartwatch. We demonstrate two exemplary gestures, i) Sidetap - tapping on any side and ii) Slingshot - pressing on the edge and then releasing quickly. Our technique is lightweight, as it relies on measuring the data from the internal Inertial measurement unit (IMU) only. With these two gestures, we expand the input expressiveness of a smartwatch, allowing users to use intuitive gestures with natural tactile feedback, e.g., for the rapid navigation of a long list of items with a tap, or act as shortcut commands to launch applications. It can also allow for eyes-free interaction or subtle interaction where visual attention is not available.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdjunct Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Print)9781450345316
Publication statusPublished - 16 Oct 2016
Event29th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium - Hitotsubashi Hall, National Center of Sciences Building, Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 16 Oct 201619 Oct 2016
Conference number: 29


Conference29th ACM User Interface Software and Technology Symposium
Abbreviated titleUIST
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