Twist&tap: Text entry for TV remotes using easy-to-learn wrist motion and key operation

Ryosuke Aoki, Atsuhiko Maeda, Tomoki Watanabe, Minoru Kobayashi, Masanobu Abe

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We proposed "Twist&Tap" as a new text entry method for TV remotes. The method uses a combination of operations that are easy for the body to remember: multi-tap of the four directional keys and five level twist control of the wrist holding the remote in either clockwise or counterclockwise direction. Experiments confirm that Twist&Tap offers increased text entry speed, and that many of the subjects could achieve text entry speed close to that of the more commonly used Multi-tap interface after just 3 hours of use, in the condition where the users could not see the remote. Twist&Tap is thus an easy-to-learn eyes-free interface1.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5439140
Pages (from-to)161-168
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Eyesfree
  • TV remote
  • Text entry
  • Twist control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Media Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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