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Whole Body Interaction with Public Displays


  • Presents valuable new approaches to digital out-of-home media and digital signage in urban environments

  • Offers solutions for communicating to passers-by that digital signage is interactive

  • Shows how digital signage could better explain its interaction


Part of the T-Labs Series in Telecommunication Services book series (TLABS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction and Motivation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert Walter
      Pages 3-8
    3. Robert Walter
      Pages 9-10
  3. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Robert Walter
      Pages 13-23
    3. Robert Walter
      Pages 25-28
  4. Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Robert Walter
      Pages 53-63
    3. Robert Walter
      Pages 65-83
    4. Robert Walter
      Pages 85-105
  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Robert Walter
      Pages 109-112
    3. Robert Walter
      Pages 113-114
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 115-125

About this book


This book develops valuable new approaches to digital out-of-home media and digital signage in urban environments. It offers solutions for communicating interactive features of digital signage to passers-by. Digital out-of-home media and digital signage screens are becoming increasingly interactive thanks to touch input technology and gesture recognition. To optimize their conversion rate, interactive public displays must 1) attract attention, 2) communicate to passers-by that they are interactive, 3) explain the interaction, and 4) provide a motivation for passers-by to interact.

This book highlights solutions to problems 2 and 3 above. The focus is on whole-body interaction, where the positions and orientations of users and their individual body parts are captured by specialized sensors (e.g., depth cameras). The book presents revealing findings from a field study on communicating interactivity, a laboratory on analysing visual attention, a field study on mid-air gestures, and a field study on using mid-air gestures to select items on interactive public displays.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Telekom Innovation Laboratories Quality and Usability LabTechnische Universität BerlinBerlinGermany

About the authors

Dr. Robert Walter is a research engineer in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and researcher in Human-Computer Interaction. After his Ph.D. on Whole Body Interaction with Public Displays at Quality and Usability Lab of Telekom Innovation Laboratories and Berlin Institute of Technology, he joined the Technology and Innovation group at Siemens Mobility.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Whole Body Interaction with Public Displays
  • Authors Robert Walter
  • Series Title T-Labs Series in Telecommunication Services
  • Series Abbreviated Title T-Labs Ser Telecommun Serv
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-4456-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-5143-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-4457-1
  • Series ISSN 2192-2810
  • Series E-ISSN 2192-2829
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 125
  • Number of Illustrations 43 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Signal, Image and Speech Processing
    User Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction
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