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Seminar: Novel Input Devices for the Human-Computer Interaction


Prof. Dr. Harald Reiterer







D 210


Dienstag, 12:30-14:00 Uhr


Traditional input devices like mouse and keyboard are widely used for more then 40 years. Since the user interfaces and their application domain and environment has changed over the years the question we should ask is: "Do such input devices really fit our current/future requirements?"

In the seminar we will discuss this question particularly with regard to use cases, which need per se very flexible and mobile interaction mechanisms, e.g. for presentations, collaborative work or for the general interaction with very large displays. Conventional input devices are either not applicable or reveal several drawbacks for these application domains. Therefore the students in this seminar will invent novel input devices and interaction techniques e.g. for large displays like the PowerWall.

In practice they may build up on existing tracking frameworks for optical body-, hand- or laser-tracking or evolve radically new devices from scratch. The students are encouraged to physically implement their ideas and use them in real scenarios. The seminar is organized as a regular "workshop" with theoretical and practical topics.


Bachelor/Master Students Information Engineering




A written elaboration as well as a presentation at the end of the semester has to be done by the students. The final score is a combination of the presentation of about 45 minutes and the written work of about 10 pages. Every participant will report on his progress in regular intervals. The topics and amount will be adjusted to the current study level (B.Sc./M.Sc.).


Dan O'Sullivan, Tom Igoe: Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers.

Baudisch, P., Sinclair, M, and Wilson, A: Soap: a mouse-like pointing device that works in mid-air. UIST 2006 (Technote), Montreux, Switzerland, Oct 15-18, 2006.

Vogel, D. and Balakrishnan, R.: Distant freehand pointing and clicking on very large, high resolution displays. UIST 2005.

Han, J. Y., Low-cost multi-touch sensing through frustrated total internal reflection. UIST 2005.

X. Chen and J. Davis. LumiPoint: Multi-User LaserBased Interaction on Large Tiled Displays. Technical report, Stanford University, 2001.