Custom-made Tangible Interfaces with TouchTokens

Abstract : TouchTokens were introduced recently as a means to design low-cost tangible interfaces. The technique consists in recognizing multi-touch patterns associated with specific tokens, and works on any touch-sensitive surface, with passive tokens that can be made out of any material. TouchTokens have so far been limited to a few basic geometrical shapes only, which puts a significant practical limit to how tailored token sets can be. In this article, we introduce TouchTokenBuilder and TouchTokenTracker that, taken together, aim at facilitating the development of tailor-made tangible interfaces. TouchTokenBuilder is an application that assists interface designers in creating token sets using a simple direct-manipulation interface. TouchTokenTracker is a library that enables tracking the tokens' full geometry. We report on experiments with those tools, showing the strengths and limitations of tangible interfaces with passive tokens.
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Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, May 2018, Grosseto, Italy. ACM, 2018, AVI '18. 〈10.1145/3206505.3206509〉
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Caroline Appert, Emmanuel Pietriga, Eléonore Bartenlian, Rafael Morales González. Custom-made Tangible Interfaces with TouchTokens. Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, May 2018, Grosseto, Italy. ACM, 2018, AVI '18. 〈10.1145/3206505.3206509〉. 〈hal-01777599〉

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