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Exploring Whole-Hand Gestures in a Tabletop Environment for Urban Modeling

  • Peter Vandoren
  • Karel Frederix
  • Karin Coninx
  • Frank Van Reeth
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 174)

Abstract

Touch-based tabletop interaction with virtual environments (VEs) is a recent research interest. In particular, 3D navigation and object interaction on tabletops pose considerable research challenges given the flat, rectangular two-dimensional workspace of an interactive tabletop. This paper explores the design of whole-hand gestures for urban modeling on an interactive, tilted tabletop system. These touch-based gestures fit a hybrid 2D/3D approach for navigation and object interaction in urban city modeling. In a formal user study the proposed whole-hand gestural interface was compared to a finger-based equivalent. The evaluation results reveal appreciation for aspects of the interaction concept, also illustrating the need for further tuning of the interaction concept and the input tracking.

Keywords

interaction techniques tabletop gestures touch-based interaction navigation urban modeling user evaluation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Vandoren
    • 1
  • Karel Frederix
    • 1
  • Karin Coninx
    • 1
  • Frank Van Reeth
    • 1
  1. 1.Expertise Centre for Digital MediaHasselt University – tUL – IBBTDiepenbeekBelgium

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