PickCells: a physically reconfigurable cell-composed touchscreen

Goguey, Alix, Steer, Cameron, Lucero, Andrés, Nigay, Laurence, Sahoo, Deepak, Coutrix, Céline, Roudaut, Anne, Subramanian, Sriram, Tokuda, Yutaka, Neate, Timothy, Pearson, Jennifer, Robinson, Simon and Jones, Matt (2019) PickCells: a physically reconfigurable cell-composed touchscreen. ACM CHI 2019, Glasgow, Scotland, 4-9 May 2019. Published in: CHI '19 Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery ISBN 9781450359702

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Touchscreens are the predominant medium for interactions
with digital services; however, their current fixed form factor narrows the scope for rich physical interactions by limiting interaction possibilities to a single, planar surface. In this paper we introduce the concept of PickCells, a fully reconfigurable device concept composed of cells, that breaks the mould of rigid screens and explores a modular system that affords rich sets of tangible interactions and novel across-device relationships. Through a series of co-design activities
– involving HCI experts and potential end-users of such systems – we synthesised a design space aimed at inspiring
future research, giving researchers and designers a framework in which to explore modular screen interactions. The design space we propose unifies existing works on modular touch surfaces under a general framework and broadens horizons by opening up unexplored spaces providing new interaction possibilities. In this paper, we present the PickCells concept, a design space of modular touch surfaces, and propose a toolkit for quick scenario prototyping.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: Touchscreen, shape changing interface, modular
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
Depositing User: Lucy Arnold
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2019 11:58
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 10:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/82395

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