Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Inspiration: GazeSpace (Laqua et al. 2007)

Parallel to working on the prototypes I continuously search and review papers and thesises on gaze interaction methods / techniques, hardware and software development etc. I will post references on some of these to this blog. A great deal of research and theories on interaction / cognition lies behind the field of gaze interaction.

The paper below was presented last year on a conference held by the British Computer Society specialist group on Human Computer Interaction. Catching my attention is the focus on providing a custom content spaces (canvas), good feedback and using a dynamic dwell-time, something I intend to incorporate into my own gaze GUI components. Additionally, the idea on expanding the content canvas upon a gaze fixation is really nice and something I will attempt to do in .Net/WPF (initial work displays a set of photos that becomes enlarged upon fixation)

GazeSpace Eye Gaze Controlled Content Spaces (Laqua et al. 2007)

In this paper, we introduce GazeSpace, a novel system utilizing eye gaze to browse content spaces. While most existing eye gaze systems are designed for medical contexts, GazeSpace is aimed at able-bodied audiences. As this target group has much higher expectations for quality of interaction and general usability, GazeSpace integrates a contextual user interface, and rich continuous feedback to the user. To cope with real-world information tasks, GazeSpace incorporates novel algorithms using a more dynamic gaze-interest threshold instead of static dwell-times. We have conducted an experiment to evaluate user satisfaction and results show that GazeSpace is easy to use and a “fun experience”. Download paper (PDF)

About the author
Sven Laqua is a PhD Student & Teaching Fellow at the Human Centred Systems Group a part of the Dept. of Computer Science at University College London. Sven has a personal homepage, university profile and a blog (rather empty at the moment)

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