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The haptic tabletop puck: providing tactile feedback for interactive tabletops

In everyday life, our interactions with objects on real tables include how our fingertips feel those objects. In comparison, current digital interactive tables present a uniform touch surface that feels the same, regardless of what it presents visually. In this paper, we explore how tactile interaction can be used with digital tabletop surfaces. We present a simple and inexpensive device – the Haptic Tabletop Puck – that incorporates dynamic, interactive haptics into tabletop interaction. We created several applications that explore tactile feedback in the area of haptic information visualization, haptic graphical interfaces, and computer supported collaboration. In particular, we focus on how a person may interact with the friction, height, texture and malleability of digital objects.

Central project pages at http://grouplab.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/Projects/ProjectHapticPuck and

 http://grouplab.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/cookbook/index.php/Toolkits/HTPToolkit

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http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1731922

Nicolai Marquardt, Miguel A. Nacenta, James E. Young, Sheelagh Carpendale, Saul Greenberg, and Ehud Sharlin. The haptic tabletop puck: providing tactile feedback for interactive tabletops. In proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Tabletops and Interactive Surfaces, 2009. Tabletop '09, Banff, Canada, November 23-25, 2009. ACM Press.

Bibtext Entry

@inproceedings{Marquardt:2009:HTP:1731903.1731922,
author = {Marquardt, Nicolai and Nacenta, Miguel A. and Young, James E. and Carpendale, Sheelagh and Greenberg, Saul and Sharlin, Ehud},
title = {The Haptic Tabletop Puck: tactile feedback for interactive tabletops},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces},
series = {ITS '09},
year = {2009},
isbn = {978-1-60558-733-2},
location = {Banff, Alberta, Canada},
pages = {85--92},
numpages = {8},
url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1731903.1731922},
doi = {10.1145/1731903.1731922},
acmid = {1731922},
publisher = {ACM},
address = {New York, NY, USA},
keywords = {friction, haptic, height, malleability, tabletops, tactile},
}

Authors

James E.Young

James E.Young

Associate Professor

As well as: Nicolai Marquardt, Miguel A. Nacenta, Sheelagh Carpendale, Saul Greenberg, and Ehud Sharlin