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Surround-See: Future Smartphones Can See their Surroundings
Mobile devices are endowed with significant sensing capabilities. However, their ability to ‘see’ their surroundings, during active use, is limited. We introduce Surround-See, a self-contained smartphone equipped with an omni-directional camera that enables peripheral vision around the device to augment daily mobile tasks. Surround-See provides mobile devices with a field-of-view collinear to the device screen. This capability facilitates novel mobile tasks such as, pointing at objects in the environment to interact with content, operating the mobile device at a physical distance and allowing the device to detect user activity, even when the user is not holding it. We describe Surround-See’s architecture, and demonstrate applications that exploit peripheral ‘seeing’ capabilities during activSurround-Seee use of a mobile device. Users confirm the value of embedding peripheral vision capabilities on mobile devices and offer insights for novel usage methods.
Surround-See has recevied plenty of media attention:
NewScientist - A phone, or an all-seeing sentry at your command? - [Online]
Discovery News - A Phone That Can See Its Surroundings - [Online]
Surround-See: Enabling Peripheral Vision on Smartphones during Active Use
Xing-Dong Yang, Khalad Hasan, Neil Bruce, Pourang Irani. 2013. Surround-See: Enabling Peripheral Vision on Smartphones during Active Use. In Proceedings of the 26th Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST'13). St. Andrews, UK. ACM.
Canada Research Chair
at University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus
As well as: Xing-Dong Yang, Neil Bruce