Fitts' Law Homework


(0%) A: Read Bruce Tognazzini's article, "A Quiz Designed to Give You Fitts". There's nothing to turn in for this part, but these ideas may show up later. There's a lot of interesting material at his asktog.com site.

(20%) B: Do this on-line study illustrating Fitts' Law. It doesn't include much explanation, but the task should give you a tangible understanding of the principle behind Fitts' Law. Take a screenshot of the graph showing the result of your participation in the experiment.


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(40%) C: Use Fitt's law to estimate the time it will take to enter the following key sequence (starting with the finger on top of the "ON" key):

2, 7, "ENTER" (finger hits the top of the first E), 5, +, 2, *, √x.

(This HP calculator use the Reverse Polish Notation. The sequence represents SQRT((27+5)*2)).

You should use this instantiation of Fitts' Law:
T = C * log2(D/S + 0.5)

where C = 100ms, each key is 0.3"x0.3", rows and columns are 0.44" apart (center to center), and users wait 200ms between keys.
NOTE: Even though the keys are obviously spaced differently vertically and horizontally, use the above assumption to simplify your calculation.

(20%) D: The manufacturer of this device decides to increase the device dimensions by 25% (both directions; size and distance). How will this change the time it takes to perform the sequence above?

(20%) E: The manufacturer decides to increase the distance between each key by 25% (both directions; distance only), but to save money use the exact same key size as in the original device. How will this change the time it takes to perform the sequence above?

Deliverables:

Create a PDF containing your answers to questions B-E (being sure to include your name) and email the file to the TA.