Input Research at Microsoft: Sensors, Mice, and Keyboards, Oh My! (01 Mar 2002)
It has become almost fashionable for HCI and technology prognosticators to predict the rise of sensor-rich, smart environments and devices accompanied by the imminent demise of the mouse and keyboard. But then why is it that, some 35 years after the invention of the mouse, it is now used more widely than ever? Why are keyboards still being used well over 100 years after the introduction of their predecessor, the typewriter? What is the future of our trusty friends, the mouse and keyboard? What are some of the all-time dumbest strategies that have been tried to improve input devices?
We also believe it is important to research problems such as document navigation (scrolling), and improve that experience for millions of people using mice and keyboards. For example, I will argue that all studies of scrolling in the HCI literature suffer a common fundamental flaw, which can be addressed by applying Fitts' Law to the problem. This insight has led us to more clever real-time algorithms for handling the IntelliMouse wheel sensor's data, resulting in significantly better scrolling performance. I will also discuss the design of the Microsoft Office Keyboard, an innovative new commercial keyboard designed to encourage bimanual division of labor between the left and right hands.
Article URL: http://hci.stanford.edu/cs547/abstracts/01-02/020301-hinckley.html
(Ken Hinckley, Microsoft Research)
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