Cut and Paste: Ambient Interaction Using Annotated Cut-Outs

  • Geert Vanderhulst
  • Lieven Trappeniers
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7040)


We present a novel way of interacting with an ambient environment through semantic cut-out images. These images represent resources that appear on a regular image shot by a camera – people, buildings, anything of interest – which are cut out of the original image and pasted into a new image with transparent background. Hence these images can be placed in a different context such as a background that tells more about a resource’s current state. By annotating cut-outs and incorporating them in user interfaces for ambient environments, we show how the interaction experience within such environments can be made more personal, visually appealing and intuitive. To this end, we first transform a series of images and their cut-outs into a visual knowledge base.


Augmented Reality Ambient Environment Ambient Interaction Ordinary User Application Prototype 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geert Vanderhulst
    • 1
  • Lieven Trappeniers
    • 1
  1. 1.Alcatel-Lucent Bell LabsAntwerpenBelgium

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