Development of a pointing device that directly measures the tilt angles of a head

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Abstract

In situations such as endoscopic surgeries, a leader cannot use their hands to instruct the other surgeons to perform a task on the monitor because he/she must use both hands to control the surgical equipment. Although there are several pointing methods such as eye gaze tracking, these methods are not suitable for endoscopic surgeries, where optical sensors (e.g. infrared sensors) cannot be used due to the existence of physical obstacles in the operating theater. Therefore, an assisting pointing device apparatus that directly measures the behavior of users and is not based on hands is specifically needed. To tackle this problem, we built a pointing device that measures the tilt angle of a user's head by gyro and acceleration sensors. Furthermore, we evaluated the performance of our device compared to that of a mouse using statistical analysis based on Fitts' law and other commonly used parameters. We considered a mouse as a benchmark to clarify the limitations and possible usage of our device. We found that, although it does not perform as good as a mouse, our device can still suitably perform as an assisting device for limited usage such as for tracking pre-defined lines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages2851-2856
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728145693
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
Event2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC 2019 - Bari, Italy
Duration: Oct 6 2019Oct 9 2019

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
Volume2019-October
ISSN (Print)1062-922X

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, SMC 2019
CountryItaly
CityBari
Period10/6/1910/9/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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