Tangible Voting: A Technique for Interacting with Group Choices on a Tangible Tabletop

  • Valérie MaquilEmail author
  • Eric Tobias
  • Thibaud Latour
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9299)


The tangible tabletop has been exploited in many different application domains as one of the most popular setups of Tangible User Interfaces. Proposed interaction techniques are based on, for instance, direct manipulation, dual hand input, or physical actuation. This paper reports on the design and implementation of a new interaction technique to support multiple users in their specifying and manipulating individual choices on a tangible tabletop. The proposed tangible widget consists of both a physical enclosing with several separated zones, and a number of tokens that can be distributed in these zones to specify the individual choices of the group. We present the rationale used in design, the technical implementation, and report on the use of the interaction technique during workshops with children.


Tangible User Interfaces Tabletop interaction Widgets Interaction technique Collaboration 



We would like to thank all those who contributed to the design of the Tangible Voting interaction technique, in particular Dany Blum, Luc Ewen, Roland Gilbertz, Monique Mathieu, and Ralph Theisen from the CAPEL service of the city of Luxembourg. We further thank all the school children and their teachers who tested the technique and provided us with valuable insights.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IT for Innovative ServicesLuxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)Esch-sur-AlzetteLuxembourg

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