Cord Input: An Intuitive, High-Accuracy, Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Input Method for Mobile Devices
In this research, we consider an alternative input method that is far more accessible and expressive than buttons. Rather than using small buttons specially integrated into headphone cords, one could appropriate the entire cord as the input device. Cords are particularly appropriate because they are often external and have a large surface area. Furthermore, while buttons provide primarily binary input, a cord could potentially provide continuous input along at least four dimensions (twist, touch location, and bend).
Research Team: Julia Schwarz, Chris Harrison, Scott Hudson, and Jennifer Mankoff
Julia Schwarz, Chris Harrison, Scott Hudson, and Jennifer Mankoff. 2010. Cord input: an intuitive, high-accuracy, multi-degree-of-freedom input method for mobile devices. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '10). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1657–1660. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/1753326.1753573