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Text Input in Virtual Reality: A Preliminary Evaluation of the Drum-Like VR Keyboard

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SINTEF Digital, Forskningsveien 1, 0373 Oslo, Norway
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Department of Informatics, University of Oslo, Gaustadalléen 23B, 0373 Oslo, Norway
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Technologies 2019, 7(2), 31; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies7020031
Received: 10 March 2019 / Revised: 28 March 2019 / Accepted: 31 March 2019 / Published: 2 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Information and Communication Technologies)
The drum-like virtual reality (VR) keyboard is a contemporary, controller-based interface for text input in VR that uses a drum set metaphor. The controllers are used as sticks which, through downward movements, “press” the keys of the virtual keyboard. In this work, a preliminary feasibility study of the drum-like VR keyboard is described, focusing on the text entry rate and accuracy as well as its usability and the user experience it offers. Seventeen participants evaluated the drum-like VR keyboard by having a typing session and completing a usability and a user experience questionnaire. The interface achieved a good usability score, positive experiential feedback around its entertaining and immersive qualities, a satisfying text entry rate (24.61 words-per-minute), as well as moderate-to-high total error rate (7.2%) that can probably be further improved in future studies. The work provides strong indications that the drum-like VR keyboard can be an effective and entertaining way to type in VR. View Full-Text
Keywords: drum-like keyboard; human-computer interaction; text input; user experience; virtual reality drum-like keyboard; human-computer interaction; text input; user experience; virtual reality
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Boletsis, C.; Kongsvik, S. Text Input in Virtual Reality: A Preliminary Evaluation of the Drum-Like VR Keyboard. Technologies 2019, 7, 31.

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