Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble Engineering Human-Computer Interaction Research Group

Engineering Human-Computer Interaction
Research Group

Towards more tactile information on sliders

In Proceedings of the 31st Conference on Human Computer Interaction (IHM'19). pages 1-11. 2019.

Sandra Parriaud, Valentine Raynaud, Jean-Baptiste Joatton, Sybille Caffiau, Céline Coutrix

Association for Computing Machinery (Eds.)

Abstract

Sliders are ubiquitous in everyday environment, whether on our mobile devices or in objects such as the control of a sound system. The tactile feedback they offer is still very limited, even though we often use them eyes-free. In order to inform the design of the sliders' tactile information in the future, we present a qualitative study showing how users understand textures. We found that the characteristics identified in the literature to describe textures are not enough to characterize possible textures that could apply to sliders; that some characteristics oppose; and that the importance of the characteristics are dependent on the users. In a second study we use these results to inform the design of the future tactile feedback of sliders.