How to communicate new input techniques

Sven Mayer, Lars Lischke, Adrian Lanksweirt, Huy Viet Le, Niels Henze

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Touchscreens are among the most ubiquitous input technologies. Commercial devices typically limit the input to 2D touch points. While a body of work enhances the interaction through finger recognition and diverse gestures, advanced input techniques have had a limited commercial impact. A major challenge is explaining new input techniques to users. In this paper, we investigate how to communicate novel input techniques for smartphones. Through interviews with 12 UX experts, we identified three potential approaches: Depiction uses an icon to visualize the input technique, Pop-up shows a modal dialog when the input technique is available, and Tutorial explains all available input techniques in a centralized way. To understand which approach is most preferred by users we conducted a study with 36 participants that introduced novel techniques using one of the communication methods. While Depiction was preferred, we found that the approach should be selected based on the complexity of the interaction, novelty to the user, and the device size.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI 2018
Subtitle of host publicationRevisiting the Life Cycle - Proceedings of the 10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450364379
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2018 - Oslo, Norway
Duration: 29 Sep 20183 Oct 2018

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference10th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2018


  • Finger orientation
  • Finger roll interaction
  • Finger-aware interaction
  • Interaction methods
  • Nail/knuckle interaction
  • User interface


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