Trace select: Acquiring remote targets with gesture guides generated from glyphs

Atsuhiko Maeda, Minoru Kobayashi

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When selecting targets in a Smart TV service, the user is frequently required to select remote targets such as menu items, but is unable to touch the targets directly or use a mouse. Solutions include rapid selection techniques using gesture guides. However, such techniques create difficulties, in that they tend to hide the original information. This study proposes a novel technique for selecting remote targets, referred to as Trace Select, which dynamically generates gesture guides from text target characters. The guides do not conceal the original targets. As a result, the guides can be continuously displayed. The technique does not require immediate activation of the gesture-guide displays, and users can identify and draw the gesture of the desired target at any time. Experiments show that Trace Select outperforms both cursor-based selection enhanced by acceleration and conventional activation-required gestural selection.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6937305
Pages (from-to)453-460
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2014



  • Glyph-based Gesture
  • Remote target
  • Smart TV

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