Framing Movements for Gesture Interface Design

Donovan, Jared William Awarua (2011). Framing Movements for Gesture Interface Design PhD Thesis, School of Information Technol and Elec Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author Donovan, Jared William Awarua
Thesis Title Framing Movements for Gesture Interface Design
School, Centre or Institute School of Information Technol and Elec Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-02
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Dr Margot Brereton
Dr Stephen Viller
Total pages 301
Total colour pages 66
Total black and white pages 235
Subjects 08 Information and Computing Sciences
Abstract/Summary Gesture interfaces are an attractive avenue for human-computer interaction, given the range of expression that people are able to engage when gesturing. Consequently, there is a long running stream of research into gesture as a means of interaction in the field of human-computer interaction. However, most of this research has focussed on the technical challenges of detecting and responding to people’s movements, or on exploring the interaction possibilities opened up by technical developments. There has been relatively little research on how to actually design gesture interfaces, or on the kinds of understandings of gesture that might be most useful to gesture interface designers. Running parallel to research in gesture interfaces, there is a body of research into human gesture, which would seem a useful source to draw knowledge that could inform gesture interface design. However, there is a gap between the ways that ‘gesture’ is conceived of in gesture interface research compared to gesture research. In this dissertation, I explore this gap and reflect on the appropriateness of existing research into human gesturing for the needs of gesture interface design. Through a participatory design process, I designed, prototyped and evaluated a gesture interface for the work of the dental examination. Against this grounding experience, I undertook an analysis of the work of the dental examination with particular focus on the roles that gestures play in the work to compare and discuss existing gesture research. I take the work of the gesture researcher McNeill as a point of focus, because he is widely cited within gesture interface research literature. I show that although McNeill’s research into human gesture can be applied to some important aspects of the gestures of dentistry, there remain range of gestures that McNeill’s work does not deal with directly, yet which play an important role in the work and could usefully be responded to with gesture interface technologies. I discuss some other strands of gesture research, which are less widely cited within gesture interface research, but offer a broader conception of gesture that would be useful for gesture interface design. Ultimately, I argue that the gap in conceptions of gesture between gesture interface research and gesture research is an outcome of the different interests that each community brings to bear on the research. What gesture interface research requires is attention to the problems of designing gesture interfaces for authentic context of use and assessment of existing theory in light of this.
Keyword Gesture
Participatory design
Gesture theory
Gesture Interface
Additional Notes Pages (as numbered) to be printed in color: 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 36, 78, 83, 84, 87, 95, 96, 97, 101, 103, 106, 109, 110, 112, 113, 114, 116, 117, 119, 122, 125, 127, 129, 132, 133, 137, 142, 143, 147, 149, 150, 160, 164, 170, 171, 172, 174, 175, 176, 178, 179, 181, 182, 183, 188, 189, 192, 193, 196, 197, 200, 201, 202, 216, 217, 218, 219, 227, 234, 236, 249

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