Bits and pieces of May 2011

2011 May 12

The Buxton collection of input and interactive devices
Bill Buxton exhibited at CHI 2011 in Vancouver parts of its personal input and interactive devices he has been collecting for years. A website is now available to browse the collection: Buxton Collection

Air-expelling keys for tactile sensation, patent by Apple
A recent patent application submitted by Apple proposed a pneumatic system that shoots air to provide tactile feedback of keys. I guess there are many technical challenges to overcome to deploy this commercially, but nevertheless it’s one way to give tiny localized tactile feedback without contact.

Interactive Generator: A Self-Powered Haptic Feedback Device
An evolution of the Peppermill project by MSR. In collaboration with folks from University of Washington and Phillips Exeter Academy, MSR Cambridge researchers Nic Villar and Steve Hodges presented a remote control that offers haptic feedback and is self-powered. Power generation and feedback is acheived by closely monitoring and controlling a standard servo motor. Clever! Presented at CHI 2011 in Vancouver. PDF

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Enhancing Physicality in Touch Interaction with Programmable Friction
Vincent Levesque and Karon McLean from UBC got a Best Paper award for their programmable friction device I discovered earlier this Spring during my visit. The current implementation is noisy, but it works impressively well. Presented at CHI 2011 in Vancouver. PDF

Sensor Synaesthesia: Touch in Motion, and Motion in Touch
We explore techniques for hand-held devices that leverage the multimodal combination of touch and motion. Hybrid touch + motion gestures exhibit interaction properties that combine the strengths of multi-touch with those of motion-sensing. Presented at CHI 2011 in Vancouver. video

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