Toddler techie touch generation

Kirsten Ellis, Mark Power, David W. Albrecht

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This paper reports on a study of the interaction skills of forty-two children, between the ages of eighteen months to forty-two months, in using touch devices. A majority of the children had used a touch device previously and had prior experience with touch devices. Continuous swiping, discrete touching and directional swiping were found to be the easiest actions to complete. The drag interaction was more difficult but most children could complete the interaction. The pinch, stretch and rotate interactions were most difficult for the children to make successfully. Common errors included unintended movement during interactions, pressing too hard, and lack of precision due in part to the target size. This study expands the domain knowledge about a toddler’s ability to interact with touch devices, allowing better creation and selection of interfaces for them to use.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
EditorsZach Toups, Peta Wyeth
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356244
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play 2018 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 28 Oct 201831 Oct 2018
Conference number: 5th


ConferenceACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play 2018
Abbreviated titleCHI PLAY 2018
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  • Application
  • Children
  • Design
  • Development
  • Interaction Design
  • IPad
  • Toddlers
  • Touch Device
  • User Groups

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