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Published on Jan 11, 2013
Computing devices that use non-traditional methods to interact with data are becoming more popular than those that use keyboard-based interaction. Applications and query interfaces for such devices pose a fundamentally dierent set of workloads on the underlying databases. We characterize these differences and show how today's query representation and evaluation techniques are not well-suited to these new non-keyboard interaction modalities.
We propose a new database architecture, called gestureDB, to address these issues, and demonstrate that it can be built using already existing components. Shown here is an iPad interface to query relational datasets using gestures.