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Rapidly Prototyping Marker Based Tangible User Interfaces

  • Maribeth Gandy
  • Brian Jones
  • Scott Robertson
  • Tiffany O‘Quinn
  • Amos Johnson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5622)

Abstract

Tangible user interfaces (TUIs) can create engaging and useful interactive systems. However, along with the power of these interfaces comes challenges; they are often so specialized and novel that building a TUI system involves working at a low level with custom hardware and software. As a result the community of people that are capable of creating TUIs is limited. With this project we aim to make a particular class of TUIs accessible to a broader range of designers and HCI researchers by exposing TUI specific tools in a mixed-reality rapid prototyping environment know as DART (The Designer’s Augmented Reality Toolkit). In this paper we discuss the creation of a system for rapidly prototyping marker based tangible user interfaces. These prototyping tools were then used to create a set of TUI-based applications with the goal of raising students’ interest in science via an exploration of fine art concepts.

Keywords

Tangible User Interfaces rapid prototyping mixed reality toolkits 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maribeth Gandy
    • 1
  • Brian Jones
    • 1
  • Scott Robertson
    • 1
  • Tiffany O‘Quinn
    • 1
  • Amos Johnson
    • 2
  1. 1.Interactive Media Technology CenterGeorgia Institute of TechnologyUSA
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentMorehouse CollegeUSA

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