Designing an Email Application for Tabletop Interfaces in Instrumented Environments
- Diplomarbeit (6 months) or Projektarbeit (3 months)
- Start: immediately
- Supervisor: Sebastian Boring
- Required skills: Object-oriented programming language, Interaction Design
The Fluidum project investigates interaction with different types of information in instrumented environments. The instrumented room in the basement of Amalienstraße 17 is equipped with a large interactive conference table that uses pen-based input. Thus, using traditional copying methods, such as using the network environment is not feasible due to scrolling and/or browsing through different folders. Therefore, new interaction techniques need to be investigated.
One idea is to use a tablet PC to gather data from the table. To copy data from the table’s surface, a simple and well-known metaphor of the physical world can be used. A common method for copying data is a standard copier, which can be found in every office. Applying this technique to the digital world, a user would be able to easily transfer data from the table to the tablet where s/he can edit and/or process digital information, which is now accessible on a mobile device.
The implementation needs to be as follows. If a user wants to gather data from the table, s/he needs to put down the tablet PC upside down onto the desired information. Once the camera-based tracking system has recognized the tablet’s position and orientation on the table, the interface will give a feedback to the user also known from the physical world. This means, that the interface will show illuminated bars moving beneath the tablet indicating that a copy process is running. This occurrence is well-known from copiers and scanners.
For a project thesis, the student is expected to implement the interface described above using camera-based tracking as well as the input gained from the table’s interactive surface. For a diploma thesis, the student is further expected to generate a concept of a useful data representation. This includes several attributes associated to information across the room.
Project Flyer (pdf)
- 11 Sep 2006