User experience of gesture based interfaces: A comparison with traditional interaction methods on pragmatic and hedonic qualities

Maurice H.P.H. van Beurden, Wijnand A. IJsselsteijn, Yvonne A.W. de Kort

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Studies into gestural interfaces - and interfaces in general - typically focus on pragmatic or usability aspects (e.g., ease of use, learnability). Yet the merits of gesture-based interaction likely go beyond the purely pragmatic and impact a broader class of experiences, involving also qualities such as enjoyment, stimulation, and identification. The current study compared gesture-based interaction with device-based interaction, in terms of both their pragmatic and hedonic qualities. Two experiments were performed, one in a near-field context (mouse vs. gestures), and one in a far-field context (Wii vs. gestures). Results show that, whereas device-based interfaces generally scored higher on perceived performance, and the mouse scored higher on pragmatic quality, embodied interfaces (gesture-based interfaces, but also the Wii) scored higher in terms of hedonic quality and fun. A broader perspective on evaluating embodied interaction technologies can inform the design of such technologies and allow designers to tailor them to the appropriate application.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGesture and Sign Language in Human-Computer Interaction and Embodied Communication
Subtitle of host publication9th International Gesture Workshop, GW 2011, Athens, Greece, May 25-27, 2011, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsE. Efthimiou, G. Kouroupetroglou, Fotinea Stavroula-Evita
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-34182-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-34181-6
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2012
Event9th International Gesture Workshop, GW 2011 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 25 May 201127 May 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349
NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743


Conference9th International Gesture Workshop, GW 2011
Other9th International Gesture Workshop (GW 2011)


  • embodied interaction
  • gesture-based interaction
  • hedonic quality
  • Interaction technologies
  • pragmatic quality
  • user experience
  • user interfaces


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