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The Potential Usages of Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces in Product Design

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Samira Sadeghi

Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, Aix en Provence, France

Caroline Hayes

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Paper No. DETC2015-48046, pp. V01BT02A030; 8 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 1B: 35th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5705-2
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


This is a “concept” paper. It explores the potential usages of interactive tabletops and surfaces in product design. Interactive tabletops and surfaces are a family of display technologies coupled with sensors that enable a more natural approach for interacting with computers. Previous research demonstrates the many possible uses for interactive tabletops and surfaces in design domain through several applications. This paper explores the potential of this technology to enhance the performance of designers and design groups. This paper highlights the benefits of interactive tabletops and surfaces in design through discussion of different potential applications and their possible advantages. The methodological approach for developing interactive tabletops and surfaces application for design has been presented and supported through a case study. Through the proposed approach we aim to gain a better understanding of practical challenges that need to be considered when integrating interactive tabletops and surfaces technology into a design office.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Product design



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