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Coupling Interaction Resources and Technical Support

  • Nicolas Barralon
  • Joëlle Coutaz
  • Christophe Lachenal
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4555)

Abstract

Coupling is the action of binding two entities so that they can operate together to provide new functions. In this article, we propose a formal definition for coupling and present a graph theoretic notation so that the side-effects of the creation of a coupling can be analyzed in a formal and systematic way. We then describe I-AM (Interaction Abstract Machine), a middleware that supports the dynamic coupling of interaction resources such as screens, keyboards and mice, to form a unified interactive space. Using our notation, we illustrate how couplings are supported in I-AM.

Keywords

Multi-surface interaction multi-instrument interaction devices assembly ambient intelligence ubiquitous computing UI development tool 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nicolas Barralon
    • 1
  • Joëlle Coutaz
    • 1
  • Christophe Lachenal
    • 1
  1. 1.Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble 

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