Intuitive learnability of touch gestures for technology-naïve older adults

Mihajlov, Martin, Lai-Chong Law, Effie and Springett, Mark ORCID logoORCID: (2015) Intuitive learnability of touch gestures for technology-naïve older adults. Interacting with Computers, 27 (3) . pp. 344-356. ISSN 0953-5438 [Article] (doi:10.1093/iwc/iwu044)

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Touch-based interactions, if intuitive and natural, should be highly learnable. However, the learnability of touch gestures as a computer interaction modality cannot be taken for granted and should be evaluated empirically. This is especially true when technology-naïve older adults are concerned, given the psychological and physical constraints associated with this age range. To investigate this issue, we conducted a study with 17 technology-naïve older adults, whose experience with technology was mostly limited to making calls with mobile phones. Specifically, the participants were presented with three simple digital games on an interactive tabletop surface and asked to play the games on their own with minimal instruction or help. The first two games required the use of a drag gesture whereas the third game required the use of a rotate gesture. The main research question was whether the older adults could learn the gestures effectively and efficiently. A set of variables such as task duration and gesture accuracy were measured. Results showed that the learnability of a drag gesture was relatively high and that the participants could transfer this skill across the games. In contrast, the learnability of a rotate gesture was low and most of the participants failed to demonstrate any improvement over the tasks of the game. These findings partially corroborate those of earlier work. Implications for future work are drawn, especially exploring the potential of social interactions between older adults for enhancing the learning effects.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special Issue: Intuitive Interaction
Keywords (uncontrolled): intuitive interaction learnability gestural input touch-screen interactive surface senior users
Research Areas: A. > Centre for Academic Practice Enhancement (CAPE)
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 14313
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Depositing User: Mark Springett
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2015 12:00
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 22:50

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