Ultra-tangibles: creating movable tangible objects on interactive tables

Marshall, Mark and Carter, Thomas and Alexander, Jason and Subramanian, Sriram (2012) Ultra-tangibles: creating movable tangible objects on interactive tables. In: CHI '12 Proceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI '12 . ACM, New York, pp. 2185-2188. ISBN 978-1-4503-1015-4

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Tangible objects placed on interactive surfaces allow users to employ a physical object to manipulate digital content. However, creating the reverse effect - having digital content manipulate a tangible object placed on the surface - is a more challenging task. We present a new approach to this problem, using ultrasound-based air pressure waves to move multiple tangible objects, independently, around an interactive surface. We describe the technical background, design, implementation, and test cases for such a system. We conclude by discussing practical uses of our system, Ultra-Tangibles, in the creation of new tangible user interfaces.

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