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NCGIA Research - Human Computer Interaction and Spatial Cognition

As devices get smaller, even become invisible and are everywhere in the environment, we need new interaction modes. To accommodate different users in different contexts there is a need for multimodal interactions. Research at NCGIA has developed several novel interaction modes including sketching and pointing.

Different modalities are also needed when different sensory channels are limited or inappropriate for a task or setting. NCGIA research investigates human spatial cognition, information requirements for the design of multimodal interfaces, and usability studies on interaction technologies.

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