What Caused that Touch?
expressive interaction with a surface through fiduciary-tagged gloves

The hand has incredible potential as an expressive input device. Yet most touch technologies imprecisely recognize limited hand parts (if at all), usually by inferring the hand part from the touch shapes. We introduce the fiduciary-tagged glove as a reliable and very expressive way to gath-er input about: (a) many parts of a hand (fingertips, knuckles, palms, sides, backs of the hand), and (b) to dis-criminate between one person’s or multiple peoples’ hands. Examples illustrate the interaction power gained by being able to identify and exploit these various hand parts.


Nicolai Marquardt (PhD)
Johannes Kiemer
Saul Greenberg (Supervisor)


Marquardt, N., Kiemer, J. and Greenberg, S. (2010)
What Caused That Touch? Expressive Interaction with a Surface through Fiduciary-Tagged Gloves. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces - ACM ITS'2010. (Saarbruecken, Germany), ACM Press, pages 139-142, plus video, November 7-10. Earlier version as Report 2010-964-13 (paper) and Report 2010-965-14 (video).
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