Transportation & Vehicle Safety Policy

Integrating Cursor Control into the Computer Keyboard

Gill, R.T.; Gordon, S.E.; Dean, S.; McGehee, D.V.

Abstract

The objective of this research was to develop and test an integrated cursor control and clicking device called a KeyMouse. The bottom of a single key on a standard keyboard was instrumented with pressure transducers. When the key was fully depressed pressure variations across the surface of the key, caused by a rolling motion of the finger, could be used to control the cursor much like a traditional mouse. A usability study was conducted to determine the optimum layout and configuration of the KeyMouse and its associated click keys. Both subjective preference and performance data revealed a strong preference for a two handed configuration with cursor control via the dominant hand and operation of the click keys with the other.

Citation

Gill RT, Gordon SE, Dean S, McGehee DV. Integrating Cursor Control into the Computer Keyboard. In: The 35th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors Society. San Francisco, CA: Published in the Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors Society.; 1991:256-260.