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Learning Chinese Characters with Gestures

Authors: J. Ji, H. Yu, B. Li, and H. Zhang
Title: Learning Chinese Characters with Gestures
Abstract: As China’s economy continues to grow rapidly, there is increasing worldwide interest in learning the Chinese language. A significant common obstacle is learning to write the numerous Chinese characters, which bear little resemblance to Western alphabets. This research explores gesture-based interaction that allows the users to practice writing Chinese characters, each within a few minutes, and cultivates an in-depth and embodied understanding of the spatial organization and writing order of the strokes in the characters. We implement a prototype system based on Microsoft Kinect and report a study involving ten users. The user study demonstrates the success of our design in preventing unintentional commands with sporadic input. We identify design challenges of writing Chinese characters via 3-dimensional gestures without haptic feedback and discuss potential solutions.
Keywords: Natural user interface; Gesture recognition; Chinese calligraphy; Microsoft Kinect
Journal Name: International Journal of Information Technology, vol. 19, no. 1
Publisher: Singapore Computer Society
Year: 2013
Accepted PDF File: Learning_Chinese_Characters_with_Gestures_accepted.pdf
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Reference: J. Ji, H. Yu, B. Li, and H. Zhang, “Learning Chinese characters with gestures,” International Journal of Information Technology, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 1–10, 2013.
   author	= {Ji, Jun and Yu, Han and Li, Boyang and Zhang, Huiguo}, 
   title	= {Learning {C}hinese Characters with Gestures}, 
   journal	= {International Journal of Information Technology}, 
   year		= {2013},  
   volume	= {19}, 
   number	= {1}, 
   pages	= {1-10},
   publisher 	= {Singapore Computer Society},