Papier-Mâché: Toolkit support for tangible interaction

Wednesday, November 6, 2002 - 17:30
TH 331
Scott Klemmer UC Berkeley

Traditional WIMP (Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pointer) interfaces force all of our interaction with the computer to occur through a keyboard and mouse. Our interaction in the real world is much richer. For example, designers use whiteboards and post-it notes to brainstorma and air traffic controllers coordinate activity with paper flight strips. Our research in tangible interfaces enables richer interaction, using physical object beyond just a keyboard and mouse.

However, tangible interfaces are currently very difficult and time consuming to build and the technology expertise limits the development community. The difficulty of technology development and lack of appropriate interaction abstractions make designing different variations of an application and performing comparative evaluations unrealistic. With our Papier-Mâché, a toolkit for tangible interation, we plan to show that: Employing a Tangible Interactors abstraction for handling physical I/O at the toolkit level will enable Java software developers to (1) quickly build tangible interfaces, and (2) Change the underlying sensing technologies with minimal code changes.


Scott Klemmer is a doctoral candidate in the Group for User Interface Research at UC Berkeley. He has an MS in Computer Science from Berkeley, and a dual BA from Brown University: in computer science and art-semiotics.