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Usability of the Stylus Pen in Mobile Electronic Documentation

Construction Industrial Innovation Center, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, Goyangdae-ro 283, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do 10223, Korea
Robotic Intelligence Laboratory, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Jaume-I University, Castellon de la Plana 12071, Spain
Department of Interaction Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Sungkyunkwan-ro 25-2, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03063, Korea
Department of Business Administration, Dongguk University, 123 Dongdae-ro, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do 38066, Korea
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Academic Editor: Mostafa Bassiouni
Electronics 2015, 4(4), 922-932;
Received: 6 October 2015 / Revised: 28 October 2015 / Accepted: 3 November 2015 / Published: 6 November 2015
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Stylus pens are often used with mobile information devices. However, few studies have examined the stylus’ simple movements because the technical expertise to support documentation with stylus pens has not been developed. This study examined the usability of stylus pens in authentic documentation tasks, including three main tasks (sentence, table, and paragraph making) with two types of styluses (touchsmart stylus and mobile stylus) and a traditional pen. The statistical results showed that participants preferred the traditional pen in all criteria. Because of inconvenient hand movements, the mobile stylus was the least preferred on every task. Mobility does not provide any advantage in using the stylus. In addition, the study also found inconvenient hand support using a stylus and different feedback between a stylus and a traditional pen. View Full-Text
Keywords: stylus; touch screen; usability; input device; documentation stylus; touch screen; usability; input device; documentation

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Park, E.; Del Pobil, A.P.; Kwon, S.J. Usability of the Stylus Pen in Mobile Electronic Documentation. Electronics 2015, 4, 922-932.

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