An Augmented Workplace for Enabling User-Defined Tangibles

Funk, Markus; Korn, Oliver; Schmidt, Albrecht:User-defined-Tangibles

An Augmented Workplace for Enabling User-Defined Tangibles

In: Extended Abstracts of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2014, DOI =10.1145/2559206.2581142


In this work, we introduce a novel setup for an augmented workplace, which allows for de ning and interacting with user-de ned tangibles. State-of-the-art tangible user interface systems equip both the underlying surface and the tangible control with sensors or markers. At the workplace, having unique tangibles for each available action results in confusion. Furthermore, tangible controls mix with regular objects and induce a messy desk. Therefore, we introduce the concept of user-de fined tangibles, which enable a spontaneous binding between physical objects and digital functions. With user-de fined tangibles, the need for specially designed tangible controls disappears and each physical object on the augmented
workplace can be turned into a tangible control. We introduce our prototypical system and outline our proposed interaction concept.

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