Tangoscope: A Tangible Audio Device for Tabletop Interaction

  • Jörg Edelmann
  • Yvonne Kammerer
  • Birgit Imhof
  • Peter Gerjets
  • Wolfgang Straßer
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6948)


Tabletop installations allow multiple users to playback digital media simultaneously. With public speakers, however, simultaneous auditory content gets superimposed, leading to a confusing and disturbing user experience. In this paper, we present Tangoscope, a tangible audio output device for tabletop interaction. As we augmented headphones with a visual marker-based identification mechanism, with the Tangoscope each user is provided with individual auditory content. To allow for an instruction-free and intuitive usage of the audio device we employed the metaphor of a real stethoscope. A first user study indicated the self-explaining use of the Tangoscope.


Tabletop interaction audio interface individual audio content natural user interface multi-user interaction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jörg Edelmann
    • 1
  • Yvonne Kammerer
    • 1
  • Birgit Imhof
    • 1
  • Peter Gerjets
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Straßer
    • 2
  1. 1.Knowledge Media Research CenterTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Graphical Interactive Systems (GRIS)University of TübingenTübingenGermany

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