Many techniques have been proposed for reducing errors during text input on touchscreens. However, the majority of these techniques suffer from the same limitation, i.e., the keyboard keys are overcrowded on a small screen, resulting in high error rates and slow text inputs. To address this situation and resolve the problems associated with overcrowdedness, we introduce a new text-entry method called the "UOIT keyboard." The idea behind the UOIT keyboard is to compose letters using "drawing-like typing" on the UOIT keyboard, which has 13 large keys that replace the 26 small keys that exist in the QWERTY keyboard. We describe the design, keys, and mechanism of the UOIT keyboard. A 24-participant user study was conducted to evaluate the speed and accuracy of the proposed entry method as compared with the QWERTY and multitap entry methods. As part of the evaluation, a questionnaire was used to collect participants' preferences. The UOIT keyboard has a mean entry speed of 11.3 words/min. The UOIT keyboard significantly reduces the typing errors with 3.8% total error rate comparing with 11.2% and 16.3% for QWERTY and multitap entry methods, respectively.
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This work was supported by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, Korea, under the Information Technology Research Center support program (IITP-2015-H8501-15-1008) supervised by the Institute for Information and communications Technology Promotion. This work was also supported by Inha University.
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- Mobile computing
- computer-human interaction
- entry method
- input text
- touch interface