Proceedings: GI 2009

A multi-level pressure-sensing two-handed interface with finger-mounted pressure sensors

Masaki Omata, Manabu Kajino, Atsumi Imamiya

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2009: Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 25 - 27 May 2009, 199-202

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    author = {Omata, Masaki and Kajino, Manabu and Imamiya, Atsumi},
    title = {A multi-level pressure-sensing two-handed interface with finger-mounted pressure sensors},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2009},
    series = {GI 2009},
    year = {2009},
    issn = {0713-5424},
    isbn = {978-1-56881-470-4},
    location = {Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada},
    pages = {199--202},
    numpages = {4},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society},
    address = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},


This paper proposes separating a pressure sensor off from an input device and attaching it directly onto a user's finger to allow the user to input pressure values into a computer with various devices and various places. This proposal solves the problem of requiring an individual pressure sensor for each pressure-sensing input device because we've attached a sensor to not a device which is pushed but rather a finger which pushes it. As an instance, we developed a multi-level pressure-sensing two-handed user interface by measuring the positions and pressure values of both the user's hands. The user can manipulate a screen object with the dominant hand and assist it by adjusting the position and the intensity of pressure of the dominant hand and non-dominant hand. We developed some GUI functions: cursor aura for expanding the sphere of its influence, non-dominant hand cursor for picking up a hidden window, and pressure-sensing keyboard input to add arousal to text. The advantages of our system are; (1) a user can use a favorite device and add pressure value, and (2) a user can enter a multi-level value by pressing heavily or lightly without looking at user's hands.