Tangible Remote Controllers

We explore the use of customizable tangible remote controllers for interacting with wall-size displays. Such controllers are especially suited to visual exploration tasks where users need to move to see details of complex visualizations. In addition, we conducted a controlled user study suggesting that tangibles make it easier for users to focus on the visual display while they interact. We explain how to build such controllers using off-the-shelf touch tablets and describe a sample application that supports multiple dynamic queries.


Yvonne Jansen, Pierre Dragicevic, and Jean-Daniel Fekete (2012). Tangible remote controllers for wall-size displays. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '12). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2865-2874. (via ACM) (via Inria)

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