Touch & connect and touch & select: interacting with a computer by touching it with a mobile phone

Seewoonauth, Khoovirajsingh and Rukzio, Enrico and Hardy, Robert and Holleis, Paul (2009) Touch & connect and touch & select: interacting with a computer by touching it with a mobile phone. In: MobileHCI '09 Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services. ACM, New York. ISBN 978-1-60558-281-8

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Exchanging data between a mobile phone and a computer such as a laptop is still a very cumbersome process. This paper presents two different techniques, touch & connect and touch & select, designed help to overcome this problem and facilitate and speed up spontaneous interactions between such devices. Using touch & connect, the user can physically touch a computer in order to pair a Bluetooth connection and initiate a file transfer between these two devices. Touch & select extends this concept in that users can select a specific object or location on the computer screen by simply touching it with the mobile phone. We report the implementation of these interaction techniques based on Near Field Communication (NFC) tags and present a formal, comparative study focusing on transferring images. The results provide clear evidence of the advantages of touch & connect and touch & select when compared with current Bluetooth-based implementations. Considering task completion time for uploading and downloading pictures, touch & select was 43% and touch & connect 31% faster than the conventional Bluetooth-based approach.

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