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An Evaluation Of Input Devices For 3-D Computer Display Workstations
Author(s): Robert J. Beaton; Richard J. DeHoff; Novia Weiman; Peter W. Hildebrandt
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Paper Abstract

This paper reports several results from an on-going research program designed to examine the utility of alternate input device technologies for 3-dimensional (3-D) computer display workstations. In this paper, operator performance levels on a 3-D cursor-positioning task were compared using three input devices: (1) a trackball that allowed unrestricted (i.e., free-space) movements within the display space, (2) a mouse that provided selectable two-axis (i.e., plane) movements, and (3) a set of thumbwheels that provided separate controls for orthogonal single-axis (i.e., vector) movements. In addition, the input device evaluation was conducted for two operationally distinct 3-D display techniques: (1) a linear perspective encoding of image depth information and (2) a field-sequential stereoscopic encoding of depth information. Results are discussed in terms of input device selection and general design considerations for the user interface to 3-D computer workstations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 June 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0761, True Three-Dimensional Imaging Techniques & Display Technologies, (16 June 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940127
Show Author Affiliations
Robert J. Beaton, Tektronix, Inc. (United States)
Richard J. DeHoff, Tektronix, Inc. (United States)
Novia Weiman, Tektronix, Inc. (United States)
Peter W. Hildebrandt, Tektronix, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0761:
True Three-Dimensional Imaging Techniques & Display Technologies
David F. McAllister; Woodrow E. Robbins, Editor(s)

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