Is touch-based text input practical for a smartwatch?
Chaparro, Barbara S.
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Chaparro, Barbara S.; He, Jibo; Turner, Colton; Turner, Kirsten. 2015. Is touch-based text input practical for a smartwatch? Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol. 529::pp 3-8, Date: 21 July 2015
The use of smartwatches is increasing exponentially as is consumer interest. Currently, smartwatches offer the ability to read text messages, notifications, and email once they are synchronized with a smartphone. Text input, however, is limited to voice or predefined response phrases and no input keyboard is typically provided. A general consensus is that the interface of a smartwatch may be too small to implement a QWERTY keyboard. This study examined user performance and acceptance with two commercially available QWERTY keyboards, Swype and Fleksy, on a smartwatch. Contrary to the suspicion about the small screen of a smartwatch for text input, results indicate users can type accurately at speeds averaging 20-30 words per minute after brief practice, which is comparable to the typing speed of novice smartphone users.
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