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Mapping Physical Objects to Digital Functions: A Tangible Interface for Querying and Navigating a Multimedia Database

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2 Author(s)
Pittarello, F. ; DAIS, Univ. Ca'' Foscari Venezia, Mestre-Venezia, Italy ; Stecca, R.

In this work we propose a set of guidelines for tangible interfaces (TUI) for mapping physical objects and digital functions. These guidelines emphasize an aspect that has been only partly analyzed so far in TUI research: the role of the object shape as a means for suggesting how to manipulate the artifacts. The peculiarity of the proposal - general enough to be used for different application domains - is the mapping to discrete and continuous digital functions based on the type of surfaces that define the physical artifacts of the interface. The application of the guidelines to a widely diffused task, the query and navigation of a multimedia database, and its evaluation with a class of students gave us interesting insights about the appropriateness of the mapping and its learnability.

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Database and Expert Systems Applications (DEXA), 2011 22nd International Workshop on

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Aug. 29 2011-Sept. 2 2011

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