A Comparison of Table, Wall, and Midair Mixed Reality Keyboard Locations

Home > Publications > A Comparison of Table, Wall, and Midair Mixed Reality Keyboard Locations

A Comparison of Table, Wall, and Midair Mixed Reality Keyboard Locations

Joshua Reynolds, Scott Kuhl, Keith Vertanen

MobileHCI 2022 Workshop on Shaping Text Entry Research for 2030, 2022 (to appear).

Typing on a midair keyboard in mixed reality can be difficult due to the lack of tactile feedback when virtual keys are tapped. Locating the keyboard over a real-world surface offers a potential way to mitigate this issue. We measured user performance and preference when a virtual keyboard was located on a table, on a wall, or in midair. Despite the additional tactile feedback offered by the table and wall locations, we found the midair location had a significantly higher entry rate with a similar error rate compared to the other locations. Participants also preferred the midair location over the other locations.

Reference: