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Ray Pointing for Large Displays

This is a completed project.


Ray-pointing techniques are often advocated as a way for people to interact with very large displays from several meters away. We are interested in two factors that can affect ray pointing: the particular technique’s control type, and parallax. This project tested four ray pointing variants on a wall display that covers a large part of the user’s field of view. Tasks included horizontal and vertical targeting, and tracing. Our results show that (a) techniques based on rotational control perform better for targeting tasks, and (b) techniques with low parallax are best for tracing tasks. We showed that a Fitts’s law analysis based on angles (as opposed to linear distances) better approximates people’s ray pointing performance.


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NSERC – iCORE – SMART Technologies