The effect of damping in an input device on human positioning performance

K.J. Crommentuijn, D.J. Hermes

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This study investigates the effect of damping in an input device on performance in a target acquisition task. In an experiment with 21 participants, five levels of damping were tested in the range of 0 to 10 Ns/m. Contrary to our expectation, the time required to acquire a target decreased as the damping value increased. The reduction in completion time was not caused by an increase in velocity, but by a decrease in the overshoot rate. It is therefore concluded that, unlike previous beliefs, some amount of damping in an input device can be beneficial to user performance
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHCI International 2011 – Posters’ Extended Abstracts : International Conference, HCI International 2011, Orlando, FL, USA, July 9-14, 2011, Proceedings, Part II
EditorsC. Stephanidis
Place of PublicationBerlin
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-22094-4
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


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