Towards high quality text entry on smartwatches

Dunlop, Mark and Komninos, Andreas and Durga, Naveen (2014) Towards high quality text entry on smartwatches. In: CHI 2014, 2014-04-26 - 2014-05-01, Convention Centre. (

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Smartwatches now provide users with access to many applications on smartphones direct from their wrists, without the need to touch their smartphone. While applications such as email, messaging, calendar and social networking provide views on the watch, there is normally no text entry method so users cannot reply on the same device. Here we introduce requirements for smartwatch text entry, an optimised alphabetic layout and present a prototype implementation together with preliminary user feedback. While raising some problems, the feedback gives indicates that reasonable quality and speed is achievable on a smartwatch and encourages our future work.