An interesting interface to writing

10 Nov 2004 - 7:09pm
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Listera
2004

Proof that stuff still happens in the U.K.:

<http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher/>

Useful? Usable? Attractive?

Ziya
Nullius in Verba

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10 Nov 2004 - 8:22pm
dmitryn
2004

> <http://www.inference.phy.cam.ac.uk/dasher/>
>
> Useful? Usable? Attractive?

"Hello, hello... I'm at a place called Vertigo" :)

But seriously... it's a cool idea, but it is limited to applications
where taking up the user's complete visual attention is not an issue.

Those interested in related work on pen-based input for small-screen
devices may want to check out the work of Shumin Zhai (crossing-based
interfaces, ATOMIK, and most recently SHARK):

http://www.almaden.ibm.com/u/zhai/SHARK.htm

Cheers,

Dmitry

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Dmitry Nekrasovski
http://www.cs.ubc.ca/~dmitry

11 Nov 2004 - 5:29am
Paul Adams
2004

Very interesting idea but problems with error recovery - it's a very slow
process if you want to 'scroll' backwards [right to left] - and visually
overwhelming...

Also, what if I've written something 3 sentences long and want to change the
second sentence - do I have to delete the third sentence? Not an efficient
process... Although I have big problems with keypad entry on current mobile
devices, it is more flexible and forgiving.

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Paul Adams
User Experience Consultant

12 Nov 2004 - 6:06am
Vanessa Wolfe-Coote
2004

I saw this demonstrated at a recent seminar on HCI and Accessibility in
Education. After getting over the initial motion sickness as the adept
demonstrator flew through Dasher at a rate of around 35 words a minute,
I was truly astonished at how effective an alternative to input this
might be.

He demontrated its use with a breather mouse, foot mouse, head mouse;
showed studies of operating Dasher simply through eye tracking. I was
suitably impressed by how many people with a range of disabilities might
benefit from using it.

Vanessa

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