DigiTouch: Reconfigurable Thumb-to-Finger Input and Text Entry on Head-mounted Displays
Touch-sensitive fabrics let users operate wearable devices unobtrusively and with rich input gestures similar to those on modern smartphones and tablets. While hardware prototypes exist in the DIY crafting community, HCI designers and researchers have little data about how well these devices actually work in realistic situations. <i>FabriTouch</i> is the first flexible touch-sensitive fabric that provides such scientifically validated information. We show that placing a FabriTouch pad onto clothing and the body instead of a rigid support surface significantly reduces input speed but still allows for basic gestures. We also show the impact of sitting, standing, and walking on horizontal and vertical swipe gesture performance in a menu navigation task. Finally, we provide the details necessary to replicate our FabriTouch pad, to enable both the DIY crafting community and HCI researchers and designers to build on our work.