earPod: Eyes-free Menu Selection Using Touch Input and Reactive Audio Feedback

Shengdong Zhao, Pierre Dragicevic, Mark Chignell, Ravin Balakrishnan, Patrick Baudisch

We present the design and evaluation of earPod: an eyes-free menu technique using touch input and reactive auditory feedback. Studies comparing earPod with an iPod-like visual menu technique on reasonably-sized static menus indicate that they are comparable in accuracy. In terms of efficiency (speed), earPod is initially slower, but outperforms the visual technique within 30 minutes of practice. Our results indicate that earPod is potentially a reasonable eyes-free menu technique for general use, and is a particularly exciting technique for use in mobile device interfaces.

Paper: earPod: Eyes-free Menu Selection with Touch Input and Reactive Audio Feedback.