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Computer usage with cold hands; an experiment with pointing devices.

Blomkvist, A. C. and Gard, G. LU (2000) In International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics 6(4). p.429-450
Abstract

Computers are used in the outdoors and in connection with cold store work. Cold hand and fingers limit data input, as studied here. Six input devices; trackballs, pens, and a mouse were tested by 19 participants in a Fitts' target acquisition task with 2 target sizes under 2 experimental conditions; warm and cold right hand. Measures were acquisition times, number of errors, participant's preferences, and observed handling of the devices. Effects of device, target size, and cold were significant. Learning and attempts to improve handgrip were confirmed. Large enough targets, a thick pen, and a mouse make computer work practicable in the cold. Direct visual feedback, as with pen on template with target images, shortened acquisition times... (More)

Computers are used in the outdoors and in connection with cold store work. Cold hand and fingers limit data input, as studied here. Six input devices; trackballs, pens, and a mouse were tested by 19 participants in a Fitts' target acquisition task with 2 target sizes under 2 experimental conditions; warm and cold right hand. Measures were acquisition times, number of errors, participant's preferences, and observed handling of the devices. Effects of device, target size, and cold were significant. Learning and attempts to improve handgrip were confirmed. Large enough targets, a thick pen, and a mouse make computer work practicable in the cold. Direct visual feedback, as with pen on template with target images, shortened acquisition times by half a second.

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  author       = {Blomkvist, A. C. and Gard, G.},
  issn         = {1080-3548},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {429--450},
  publisher    = {Central Institute for Labour Protection, Warszawa, Poland},
  series       = {International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics},
  title        = {Computer usage with cold hands; an experiment with pointing devices.},
  volume       = {6},
  year         = {2000},
}