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FlexStylus: leveraging flexion input for pen interaction


FlexStylus, a flexible stylus, detects deformation of the barrel as a vector with both a rotational and an absolute value, providing two degrees of freedom with the goal of improving the expressivity of digital art using a stylus device. We outline the construction of the prototype and the principles behind the sensing method, which uses a cluster of four fibre-optic based deformation sensors. We propose interaction techniques using the FlexStylus to improve menu navigation and tool selection. Finally, we describe a study comparing users' ability to match a changing target value using a commercial pressure stylus and the FlexStylus' absolute deformation. When using the FlexStylus, users had a significantly higher accuracy overall. This suggests that deformation may be a useful input method for future work considering stylus augmentation.
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hal-01586668 , version 1 (13-09-2017)



Nicholas Fellion, Thomas Pietrzak, Audrey Girouard. FlexStylus: leveraging flexion input for pen interaction. Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2017), Oct 2017, Québec, Canada. pp.2482 - 2489, ⟨10.1088/0957-0233/13/10/303⟩. ⟨hal-01586668⟩
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