Typing with your controllers
The keyboard uses the Oculus Touch controllers to type letters in a sequential manner. For example, to type the letter B you will use the left controller to hold a key down, and then the right controller to print "B". The order in which the presses occur is crucial for the keyboard so if you do that in reverse for example you'll get the letter "M". The concept is a bit hard to explain so we suggest you try it!
Typing with your hands
The keyboard uses the hand tracking ability of the Oculus Quest to allow you to type using your fingertips. Keep in mind that the accuracy of the hand tracking is still in a development stage so it might not always respond well to your gestures. One of the reasons why the experiment is limited to Quest 1 is because Quest 2's hand tracking is much worse (you'd figure that newer versions of the hardware but would be better but no...)
Yes, to be eligible you must:
- Be 18 years old or older
- Have access to an Oculus Quest 1 for at least the duration of the study [Unfortunately Quest 2 hand tracking is not as good]
- Have normal levels of visual acuity
How long does the experiment last?
The whole experiment lasts 4 days and about 1 hour each day. Yes, we know it's long but you are effectively learning to use a new keyboard so in order to evaluate the experiment well we need you to become semi-proficient at this!
How does the experiment work?
Basically this is like a typing test, you will be given a set of phrases in each session and you will have to type them using the interaction method indicated (either Controllers or your hands). There are about 10 or 20 phrases per method in each session.
Do I have to install anything?
No you don't! The entire experiment runs in the Oculus Browser. We used Playcanvas to build the entire thing so you can access it without installing any apps or anything in your Quest.
Is there any compensation provided?
Yes there is! We really value your time in helping us evaluate whether this keyboard modality is useful and could potentially be an alternative to the current pointer style (i.e. from the Oculus dashboard) so we will give you a $50 gift card at the end of the experiment. Unfortunately this is research from the university so we don't have much cash else to give...
Will my data be private?
Absolutely. We take privacy seriously so there is no personal data collected about you in our servers. The only thing we collect is what you type in the experiment and the times at which you do it so we can analyze the typing data and word per minute speeds. But your personal information is secured as per the IRB (Institutional Review Board) at Georgia Tech. If you sign up you will receive a participant number and your data will be linked to that. If for any reason you decide to leave the experiment just tell us and we'll erase all the accounts connected to that participant ID.
Sign up for the experiment and we'll reach out to you with details within 1 or 2 days. By signing up you are not committing to participating, it's just to express interest. You are also welcome to add any questions in the comments and we'll address those on our email