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Study Looks at Potential Effects of Multi-Touch Devices


cyber gloves point to multi-touch display

An ASU research team will use cyber gloves to measure kinematic features to determine the amount of strain on the hands and wrists of individuals who use multi-touch electronic devices.

Credit: Scott Stuk / ASU

Arizona State University (ASU) professor Kanav Kahol is leading a research effort to evaluate whether the long-term use of multitouch devices places musculoskeletal stress on users. The researchers also are developing a toolkit that could be used by designers when they create new multitouch systems.

"Multitouch systems might be great for usability of a device, but we just don't know what it does to our musculoskeletal system," Kahol says. Kahol says the system will be built with off-the-shelf components and will provide designers with a tool to use when developing new multitouch systems.

The ASU research project also will develop best practices and standards for interactions that are safe and cause minimal user stress.

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