Proceedings: GI 2014

Position vs. velocity control for tilt-based interaction

Robert Teather, Scott MacKenzie

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2014: Montréal, Québec, Canada, 7 - 9 May 2014, 51-58

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    author = {Teather, Robert and MacKenzie, Scott},
    title = {Position vs. velocity control for tilt-based interaction},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2014},
    series = {GI 2014},
    year = {2014},
    issn = {0713-5424},
    isbn = {978-1-4822-6003-8},
    location = {Montr{\'e}al, Qu{\'e}bec, Canada},
    pages = {51--58},
    numpages = {8},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society},
    address = {Toronto, Ontario, Canada},


Research investigating factors in the design of tilt-based interfaces is presented. An experiment with 16 participants used a tablet and a 2D pointing task to compare position-control and velocity-control using device tilt to manipulate an on-screen cursor. Four selection modes were also evaluated, ranging from instantaneous selection upon hitting a target to a 500-ms time delay prior to selection. Results indicate that position-control was approximately 2× faster than velocity-control, regardless of selection delay. Position-control had higher pointing throughput (3.3 bps vs. 1.2 bps for velocity-control), more precise cursor motion, and was universally preferred by participants.