A Middleware for Seamless Use of Multiple Displays

  • Satoshi Sakurai
  • Yuichi Itoh
  • Yoshifumi Kitamura
  • Miguel A. Nacenta
  • Tokuo Yamaguchi
  • Sriram Subramanian
  • Fumio Kishino
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5136)

Abstract

Current multi-display environments (MDEs) can be composed of displays with different characteristics (e.g. resolution, size) located in any position and at different angles. These heterogeneous arrangements present specific interface problems: it is difficult to provide meaningful transitions of cursors between displays; it is difficult for users to visualize information that is presented on oblique surfaces; and it is difficult to spread visual information over multiple displays. In this paper we present a middleware architecture designed to support a new kind of perspective-aware GUI that solves the aforementioned problems. Our interaction architecture combines distributed input and position tracking data to generate perspective-corrected output in each of the displays, allowing groups of users to manipulate existing applications from current operating systems across a large number of displays. To test our design we implemented a complex MDE prototype and measured different aspects of its performance.

Keywords

3D interactions graphical user interface server-client VNC 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Satoshi Sakurai
    • 1
  • Yuichi Itoh
    • 1
  • Yoshifumi Kitamura
    • 1
  • Miguel A. Nacenta
    • 2
  • Tokuo Yamaguchi
    • 1
  • Sriram Subramanian
    • 3
  • Fumio Kishino
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Information Science and TechnologyOsaka UniversitySuitaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of BristolBristolUnited Kingdom

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