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Designing a Better Touch Keyboard
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC).
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The growing market of smartphone and tablet devices

has made touch screens a big part of how people interact

with technology today. The standard virtual keyboard used

on these devices is based on the computer keyboard – a

design that may not be very well suited for touch screens.

This thesis seeks to answer whether there are alternative

ways to design virtual touch keyboards. An alternative

design may require training to use, but the user should be

able to use it viably after a reasonable amount of practice.

Optimally, the user should also have the potential to

reach a higher level of efficiency than what is possible on

the standard touch keyboard design.

Analysis is done by researching current and previous

attempts at alternative keyboard designs, and by implementing

an own prototype based on observations made on

the researched designs. The thesis concludes that there is

an interest in solving issues encountered in this area, and

that there is good potential in building viable virtual keyboards

using alternative design paradigms.

Abstract [sv]

Den växande marknaden för smarttelefoner och surfplattor

har gjort pekskärmen till en stor del av hur folket interagerar

med dagens teknologi. Det virtuella standardtangentbordet

som används på dessa enheter är baserad på datortangentbordet

– en design som möjligen inte är särskilt bra

anpassad för pekskärmar.

Denna uppsats söker att besvara om det finns alternativa

sätt att designa ett virtuellt pektangentbort. En alternativ

design kan kräva träning för att kunna användas,

men användaren ska gångbart kunna använda den efter en

rimlig övningsmängd. Optimalt sett ska användaren ha potentialen

att uppnå högre nivåer av effektivitet än vad som

är möjligt på pektangentbordets standarddesign.

Analysen görs genom undersökning av nuvarande och

föregående försök till alternativa tangentbordsdesigner. Dessutom

implementeras en egen prototyp baserad på observationer

på de granskade designerna. Uppsatsen drar slutsatsen

att det finns ett intresse för att lösa de problem som

hör till detta område och att det finns bra potential till att

bygga tillämpbara virtuella tangentbord med alternativa

designparadigm

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Series
Kandidatexjobb CSC, K13043
National Category
Computer Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-135975OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-135975DiVA: diva2:669114
Educational program
Master of Science in Engineering - Computer Science and Technology
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Available from: 2013-12-13 Created: 2013-12-03 Last updated: 2013-12-13Bibliographically approved

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