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SLAP Widgets: Bridging the Gap Between Virtual and Physical Controls on Tabletops

Abstract : We present Silicone iLluminated Active Peripherals (SLAP), a system of tangible, translucent widgets for use on multi-touch tabletops. SLAP Widgets are cast from silicone or made of acrylic, and include sliders, knobs, keyboards, and buttons. They add tactile feedback to multi-touch tables, improving input accuracy. Using rear projection, SLAP Wid-gets can be relabeled dynamically, providing inexpensive, battery-free, and untethered augmentations. Furthermore, SLAP combines the flexibility of virtual objects with physical affordances. We evaluate how SLAP Widgets influence the user experience on tabletops compared to virtual controls. Empirical studies show that SLAP Widgets are easy to use and outperform virtual controls significantly in terms of accuracy and overall interaction time.
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Malte Weiss, Julie Wagner, Yvonne Jansen, Roger Jennings, Ramsin Khoshabeh, et al.. SLAP Widgets: Bridging the Gap Between Virtual and Physical Controls on Tabletops. CHI '09 SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, Apr 2009, New York, United States. ⟨10.1145/1518701.1518779⟩. ⟨hal-01406554⟩

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