1st International ICST Workshop on Haptic in Ambient Systems

Research Article

Evalutation of UML CASE Tool with Haptics

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.AMBISYS2008.2922,
        author={Mohamad Eid and Atif Alamri and Jamil Melhem and Abdulmotaleb El Saddik},
        title={Evalutation of UML CASE Tool with Haptics},
        proceedings={1st International ICST Workshop on Haptic in Ambient Systems},
        keywords={UML UML CASE TOOLS haptic Eclipse HAML haptic devices XML},
  • Mohamad Eid
    Atif Alamri
    Jamil Melhem
    Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
    Year: 2010
    Evalutation of UML CASE Tool with Haptics
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.AMBISYS2008.2922
Mohamad Eid1,*, Atif Alamri1,*, Jamil Melhem1,*, Abdulmotaleb El Saddik1,*
  • 1: Multimedia Communications Research Laboratory, University of Ottawa, Canada.
*Contact email: eid@mcrlab.uottawa.ca, Atif@mcrlab.uottawa.ca, jmelhem@mcrlab.uottawa.ca, abed@mcrlab.uottawa.ca


Haptics technology has received enormous attention to enhance human computer interaction. Indeed haptics offers a natural user interface based on human gesture system. In this paper, we present a prototype haptic-enabled UML CASE tool that allows software engineering developers to intuitively interact and touch the modeling elements of the tool and feel the force feedback. The tool uses the Omni Phantom device, a common single-point of interaction haptic device. We performed a usability study to compare the haptic-based approach against the traditional mouse-based approach. Even though some users expressed the tiresome of using the haptic device, the study demonstrated the potential of incorporating the haptic modality in UML development tools in terms of user involvement, socialism, and motivation.