User Awareness for Collaborative Multi-touch Interaction

Markus Schlattmann, Yuelong Yu, Nils Gruendl, Manfred Bogen, Alexander Kulik, David d'Angelo, Bernd Froehlich, Reinhard Klein

Abstract

Multi-touch enables direct manipulation of graphical computer interfaces. This intuitive interaction paradigm rapidly became popular, particularly in the domain of individual mobile devices. Collaborative work on large scale multi-touch devices, instead, suffers from mutual interferences if many simultaneous touch events cannot be attributed to individual users. On the example of a large, adjustable, high-resolution (4K) multi-touch device, we describe a lightweight and robust method to solve this issue. An additional depth camera above the tabletop device tracks the users around the table and their respective hands. This environment tracking and the multi-touch sensor are automatically calibrated to the same coordinate system. We discuss relevant implementation details to help practitioners building similar systems. Besides improved multi-user coordination we reveal general usability benefits including the reduction of false positives. Exploiting the developed system, we implemented several novel test applications to analyze the capabilities of such a system with regard to different interaction metaphors. Finally, we combined several of the analyzed metaphors to a novel application serving as an intuitive multi-touch application and environment for seismic interpretation.

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Schlattmann M., Yu Y., Gruendl N., Bogen M., Kulik A., d'Angelo D., Froehlich B. and Klein R. (2013). User Awareness for Collaborative Multi-touch Interaction . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications and International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: GRAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2013) ISBN 978-989-8565-46-4, pages 359-366. DOI: 10.5220/0004210603590366


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@conference{grapp13,
author={Markus Schlattmann and Yuelong Yu and Nils Gruendl and Manfred Bogen and Alexander Kulik and David d'Angelo and Bernd Froehlich and Reinhard Klein},
title={User Awareness for Collaborative Multi-touch Interaction},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications and International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: GRAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2013)},
year={2013},
pages={359-366},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004210603590366},
isbn={978-989-8565-46-4},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications and International Conference on Information Visualization Theory and Applications - Volume 1: GRAPP, (VISIGRAPP 2013)
TI - User Awareness for Collaborative Multi-touch Interaction
SN - 978-989-8565-46-4
AU - Schlattmann M.
AU - Yu Y.
AU - Gruendl N.
AU - Bogen M.
AU - Kulik A.
AU - d'Angelo D.
AU - Froehlich B.
AU - Klein R.
PY - 2013
SP - 359
EP - 366
DO - 10.5220/0004210603590366