The Media Interaction Lab.

Flux (Fully Liberating User eXperience)

Flux – Fully Liberating User eXperience

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Researchers: Jakob Leitner, James Powell, Peter Brandl, Thomas Seifried, Michael Haller,
Bernard Doray, Paul To
Partners: Team 7,
University of Canterbury,
Nortel Networks
State: completed
Links: NiCE

Flux is an interactive touch sensitive surface that can be used either as an interactive table and/or as a digital whiteboard. The surface is based on a rear-projection screen providing both multi-touch and multiple pen interaction with individual identification. Flux was developed together with our partner Team7.

Interactive, multi-touch devices are rapidly increasing in popularity across many industries. Flux allows multiple modes of interaction in a variety of configurations, allowing increased flexibility, usability and productivity.

Flux’s application interface is automatically optimized for the intended use depending on its orientation. Flux can be used as a sketch board, a discussion table or a white-board. Transformation between different orientations is single handedly achieved easily and elegantly. Rear projection, in conjunction with FTIR and Anoto pen tracking allows multi user, multi modal interaction in every configuration.

Flux has the following novel features:

  • transition between multiple hardware/user configurations
  • Optimized user interface based on the configuration and hence intended use
  • Breakthrough multi modal input possibilities with independent, simultaneous hand and pen tracking
  • Completely separate, individual and simultaneous interaction facilitated with pen(user) recognition

Flux provides unmatched flexibility and capability in setup, use and user input. It will set the path for a new generation of interactive surfaces.

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Pictures

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Publications

Icon PDF J. Leitner, J. Powell, P. Brandl, T. Seifried, M. Haller, B. Dorray, and P. To, 2009.
Flux: a tilting multi-touch and pen based surface,” in ACM CHI EA 09, 2009.

CHI’09 Talk

Icon PDF Slides of talk at CHI Interactivity 2009 (J. Leitner)

Demos

  1. FLUX & Occlusion-Aware Menu Design, ACM SIGCHI 2009, Interactivity, Apr. 6 – 8, Boston, USA
  2. IncreTable showed on Flux Table, ACM SIGGRAPH 2008, New Tech Demos, Aug. 11-15, Los Angeles, USA, over 28,000 visitors.

Patents

Bernard Doray and Paul To and Michael Haller and James Powell and Peter Brandl and Jakob Leitner and Thomas Seifried and Moses Ma, 2008.
A Multi-Touch Screen incorporating pen tracking, 2008. Nortel Docket No. 7000-622 (pending)

Contact

For detailed information please send an email to mi-lab [at] fh-hagenberg.at

Authors

Jakob Leitner
Media Interaction Lab, Hagenberg, Austria
jakob.leitner[at]fh-hagenberg.at

James Powell
Media Interaction Lab, Hagenberg, Austria &
University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Peter Brandl
Media Interaction Lab, Hagenberg, Austria
peter.brandl[at]fh-hagenberg.at

Thomas Seifried
Media Interaction Lab, Hagenberg, Austria
thomas.seifried[at]fh-hagenberg.at

Michael Haller
Media Interaction Lab, Hagenberg, Austria

Bernard Doray
Nortel Networks, Ottawa, Canada

Paul To
Nortel Networks, San Francisco, USA