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Evaluating the Input of Characters using Software Keyboards in a Mobile Learning Environment: A Comparison between Software Touchpanel Devices and Hardware Keyboards

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4 Author(s)
Hasegwa, A. ; Grad. Sch. of Inf. Sci., Nagoya Univ., Nagoya, Japan ; Yamazumi, T. ; Hasegwa, S. ; Miyao, M.

This study was conducted to compare the typing performance of subjects inputting random alphabet characters using software keyboards on touchpanel mobile devices and hardware keyboards (subjects n=67, 31.0 ± 11.1 years of age) Hardware keyboards showed significantly better performance for input speeds, error rates, and subjective rate of usability. As a result, even those who showed slow input spends using hardware keyboards, did not show much slower speeds in using software.

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Wireless, Mobile and Ubiquitous Technology in Education (WMUTE), 2012 IEEE Seventh International Conference on

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27-30 March 2012