Brotate and Tribike: Designing Smartphone Control for Cycling

Paweł W. Woźniak, Lex Dekker, Francisco Kiss, Ella Velner, Andrea Kuijt, Stella F. Donker

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The more people commute by bicycle, the higher is the number of cyclists using their smartphones while cycling and compromising traffic safety. We have designed, implemented and evaluated two prototypes for smartphone control devices that do not require the cyclists to remove their hands from the handlebars - the three-button device Tribike and the rotation-controlled Brotate. The devices were the result of a user-centred design process where we identified the key features needed for a on-bike smartphone control device. We evaluated the devices in a biking exercise with 19 participants, where users completed a series of common smartphone tasks. The study showed that Brotate allowed for significantly more lateral control of the bicycle and both devices reduced the cognitive load required to use the smartphone. Our work contributes insights into designing interfaces for cycling.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2020


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  • Brotate and tribike: Designing smartphone control for cycling

    Woźniak, P. W., Dekker, L., Kiss, F., Velner, E., Kuijt, A. & Donker, S. F., 5 Oct 2020, Conference Proceedings - 22nd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services: Expanding the Horizon of Mobile Interaction, MobileHCI 2020. New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery, p. 1-12 23

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