Review: Input Device Alternatives for Infantry Soldiers

Étude: Variantes d’Unités d’Entrée Destinées aux Soldats d’Infanterie


  1. Bos, J.C.
  2. Tack, D.W.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
A comprehensive literature review was carried out by conducting an internet search on computer input devices that could be worn by soldiers in the field. The input devices were classified into three categories: keyboard, pointing, and tabbing alternatives. Each input device was evaluated according to three sets of rating criteria defined by the investigator regarding input device performance, the attentional demands required by the user, and device compatibility with equipment during field use. The devices were ranked according to advantages and disadvantages on the rating criteria. The best input device in each category was identified for each of the three sets of rating criteria. Three suites of input devices (i.e. best keyboard, pointing, and tabbing alternative identified for performance, attentional demand, and compatibility, respectively) were recommended for further investigation. A multi-modal input device is proposed, capable of generating system inputs on multiple input channels. However, more research will be required to identify an appropriate system integration approach to address the needs and tasks of soldiers in the future.

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Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;computer input device;input devices;mission planning;combat estimate;data entry;digital map
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-026 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Oct 2005
Number of Pages
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