SpeciFingers: Finger Identification and Error Correction on Capacitive Touchscreens

Zeyuan Huang, Cangjun Gao, Haiyan Wang, Xiaoming Deng, Yu-Kun Lai, Cuixia Ma*, Sheng-feng Qin, Yong-Jin Liu, Hongan Wang

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The inadequate use of finger properties has limited the input space of touch interaction. By leveraging the category of contacting fingers, finger-specific interaction is able to expand input vocabulary. However, accurate finger identification remains challenging, as it requires either additional sensors or limited sets of identifiable fingers to achieve ideal accuracy in previous works. We introduce SpeciFingers, a novel approach to identify fingers with the capacitive raw data on touchscreens. We apply a neural network of an encoder-decoder architecture, which captures the spatio-temporal features in capacitive image sequences. To assist users in recovering from misidentification, we propose a correction mechanism to replace the existing undo-redo process. Also, we present a design space of finger-specific interaction with example interaction techniques. In particular, we designed and implemented a use case of optimizing the performance in pointing on small targets. We evaluated our identification model and error correction mechanism in our use case.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Number of pages28
JournalProceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6 Mar 2024

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