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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Abstract

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 - 9th International Gesture Workshop, GW 2011, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsE. Efthimiou, G. Kouroupetroglou, S.-E. Fotinea
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer
Pages36-47
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-34182-3
ISBN (Print)9783642341816
DOIs
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
Volume7206
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349
NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
Volume7206
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Conference

Conference9th International Gesture Workshop, GW 2011
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period25/05/1127/05/11
Other9th International Gesture Workshop (GW 2011)

Keywords

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

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