Accelerometer based gesture control for a design environment

Juha Kela (Corresponding Author), Panu Korpipää, Jani Mäntyjärvi, Sanna Kallio, Giuseppe Savino, Luca Jozzo, Sergio Di Di Marca

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    Accelerometer-based gesture control is studied as a supplementary or an alternative interaction modality. Gesture commands freely trainable by the user can be used for controlling external devices with handheld wireless sensor unit. Two user studies are presented. The first study concerns finding gestures for controlling a design environment (Smart Design Studio), TV, VCR, and lighting. The results indicate that different people usually prefer different gestures for the same task, and hence it should be possible to personalise them. The second user study concerns evaluating the usefulness of the gesture modality compared to other interaction modalities for controlling a design environment. The other modalities were speech, RFID-based physical tangible objects, laser-tracked pen, and PDA stylus. The results suggest that gestures are a natural modality for certain tasks, and can augment other modalities. Gesture commands were found to be natural, especially for commands with spatial association in design environment control.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)285 - 299
    Number of pages15
    JournalPersonal and Ubiquitous Computing
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • gesture recognition
    • gesture control
    • multimodal interaction
    • mobile devices
    • accelerometer


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