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FiberSense – Multi-touch Fibre Optic Sensing on Non-Planar Surfaces

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tom Bartindale, Dan Jackson, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD



Multi-touch interfaces based on light and optical fibres offer many advantages over alternative technologies. Existing multi-touch devices either use complex custom electronic sensor arrays, or a camera that must be placed relatively distant from the interface. FiberSense is an easily constructed light-sensing multi-touch interface. Using an array of optical fibres, reflected light is channelled to a camera. As the fibres are flexible the camera is free to be positioned so as to allow fibres to be routed anywhere within the interfaces. The resulting effect is a tangible interface that can be produced in any shape, with a complete surface of optical sensors. We describe our prototype, its novel calibration process, and virtual camera software used to easily take advantage of the device.

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Author(s): Bartindale T, Jackson D, Olivier P

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2009

Pages: 7

Print publication date: 01/10/2009

Source Publication Date: October 2009

Report Number: 1175

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne