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Talking to TAD: Animating an Everyday Object for Use in Augmented Workspaces

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Matthew P. DeVito, Karthik Ramani

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Paper No. DETC2014-34189, pp. V01BT02A025; 9 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1B: 34th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Buffalo, New York, USA, August 17–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4629-2
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Workspaces augmented by multitouch and gesture-sensing systems are quickly becoming a reality, but studies appear to limit themselves to interacting with displays. With the continued progress of the ubiquitous computing movement, everyday objects are coming to life and will soon enter these augmented spaces. Little has been studied regarding gestural control of everyday objects capable of movement in three-dimensional space. In the present study, we augment an office lamp for gestural interaction and use it toward finding more natural gestures for augmented workspace interaction with physical objects. We begin by surveying the current literature on user-defined gesture sets and digital augmentation of lamps to determine features desirable in the design of an actuated desk lamp. A prototypical Tabletop Assistive Droid (TAD) is then used in a study conducted to determine and analyze a feasible user-defined gesture set.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME
Topics: Space , Design , Surveying



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