What is TwoStick?

TwoStick Key Visual
TwoStick is a novel text entry method for game controllers. The design is based on the review of previous work and several rounds of pilot testing. We compared user performance with TwoStick experimentally to a selection keyboard which is the de facto standard of game controller text entry. Eight participants completed 20 fifteen-minute sessions with both text entry methods. Soon TwoStick outperformed the selection keyboard and was faster in the end. Qualitative results indicated that TwoStick was more fun and easier to use than the selection keyboard.

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The paper about TwoStick has been accepted for the Graphics Interface 2007 Conference. A digital version of the paper is available for download as PDF (0.5 MB).

Költringer, T., Isokoski, P. & Grechenig, T. (2007). TwoStick: Writing with a Game Controller. In Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2007 (GI 2007), 103-110.

Költringer, T., Ngo Van, M. & Grechenig, T. (2007). Game Controller Text Entry with Alphabetic and Multi-Tap Selection Keyboards. In Extended Abstracts of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2007), 2513-2518. Download the poster.

Press and Blog Attention

engadget: TwoStick text entry system speeds up console keyboarding
Joystiq: TwoStick system offers quicker on-screen text entry
Wired: TwoStick Speeds Up Game Pad Text Entry
futurezone.ORF.at: Spielerische Texteingabe trotz Controller (in German language)
Gaming Today. News for Gamers: TwoStick: a New Way to Type
TechEBlog.com: TwoStick: Game Controller Text Input
GameBizVideo: TwoStick game controller text input
tikirobot: TwoStick: text entry using a game controller
sokosoko.com: TwoStick (in Japanese language)
engadget en espanol (beta): TwoStick – Insulta más rápidamente con el pad (in Spanish language)
antirez weblog: Una nuova tecnica per inserire testo tramite un game controller (in Italian language)
SG.hu: Egyszer? szövegbevitel kontrollerrel (in Hungarian language)
PC Games Hardware: Erleichterung der Texteingabe für Konsolen-Spieler (in German language)
Mall.hk News: Quick text entry on MSN with Xbox 360
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