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Design by physical composition for complex tangible user interfaces

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Christian Kray, Professor Albrecht Schmidt


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In this paper, we present a novel approach to create devices with tangible user interfaces by physical com-position. While the separation of the user interface from the application logic has a long tradition in software engineering, for products with tangible user interfaces there is no equivalent approach that realizes a true separation and flexible combination of interface components, underlying technology, and software parts. We propose a novel concept that is based on an inner Core for the basic technical and software platform of a product and an outer Shell that builds a flexible and ex-changeable tangible user interface from passive components. Using vision-based tracking, we can realize a clear separation between the components. No wiring is necessary. This paper introduces our novel approach and presents a first working prototype as well as initial results from its application in a design workshop. © 2010 Copyright is held by the author/owner(s).

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Author(s): Döring T, Pfleging B, Kray C, Schmidt A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2010

Pages: 3541-3546

Publisher: ACM Press


DOI: 10.1145/1753846.1754015

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ISBN: 9781605589312