When using today’s productivity applications, people rely heavily on graphical controls (GUI widgets) as the way to invoke application functions and to obtain feedback. Yet we all know that certain controls can be difficult or tedious to find and use. As an alternative, a customizable physical interface lets an end-user easily bind a modest number of physical controls to similar graphical counterparts. The user can then use the physical control to invoke the corresponding graphical control’s function, or to display its graphical state in a physical form. To show how customizable physical interfaces work, we present examples that illustrate how our combined phidgets® and widget tap packages are used to link existing application widgets to physical controls. While promising, our implementation prompts a number of issues relevant to others pursuing interface customization.
This published video introduces the concept of customizable physical interfaces and several examples of how they can be created.
see the video
Greenberg, S. and Boyle, M. (2002)
Customizable physical interfaces for interacting with conventional applications. Video Proceedings of the ACM UIST 2002 15th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. ACM Press.
This video figure accompanies the published paper: Greenberg, S. and Boyle, M. (2002) Customizable physical interfaces for interacting with conventional applications. Proceedings of the UIST 2002 15th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, ACM Press. Includes video figure.
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