Rethinking the Podium

A Rich Media Control Station for Next Generation Conference Rooms
  • Maribeth Back
  • Surapong Lertsithichai
  • Patrick Chiu
  • John Boreczky
  • Jonathan Foote
  • Don Kimber
  • Qiong Liu
  • Takashi Matsumoto
Part of the Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Series book series (CULS, volume 10)


As the use of rich media in mobile devices and smart environments becomes more sophisticated, so must the design of the everyday objects used as controllers and interfaces. Many new interfaces simply tack electronic systems onto existing forms. However, an original physical design for a smart artefact, that integrates new systems as part of the form of the device, can enhance the end-use experience. The Convertible Podium is an experiment in the design of a smart artefact with complex integrated systems for the use of rich media in meeting rooms. It combines the highly designed look and feel of a modern lectern with systems that allow it to serve as a central control station for rich media manipulation. The interface emphasizes tangibility and ease of use in controlling multiple screens, multiple media sources (including mobile devices) and multiple distribution channels, and in managing both data and personal representation in remote telepresence.


Media Muliple Functionalities 



The authors gratefully acknowledge the help and influence of our colleagues at the FX Palo Alto Laboratory. We would also like to thank the PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) machine shop for their help in the construction of the Convertible Podium.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maribeth Back
    • Surapong Lertsithichai
    • Patrick Chiu
    • John Boreczky
    • Jonathan Foote
    • Don Kimber
    • Qiong Liu
    • Takashi Matsumoto

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