While much research has focused on tangible lighting interfaces embedded in physical objects and smartphones as remote control, there has not been sufficient attention on how the expressivity of bodily movement can be used when designing interactions with home lighting. Therefore, we investigate interaction with lighting technology beyond the smartphone and physical controllers and examine the potentials of the emerging in-air gestural interaction style for lighting control.
Tangible Lights serves as a novel interface for
Tor Sørensen (http://torsorensen.dk)
Oskar D. Andersen (http://oskarandersen.dk/)
Tim Merritt (http://ixd.net/)
Tangible Lights enables the user to customize the light setting at the table with precise control through several, individual illuminated regions. Each illuminated region can be manipulated freely in
The name Tangible Lights stems from our intentions of creating an interface, where the user feels as if she is "holding
Technically, the platform consists of a short-throw projector and a Microsoft Kinect sensor (see first image above). The short-throw projector serves as the light source as it provides an easy and dynamic way to position an arbitrary amount of illuminated regions on the tabletop. The Kinect sensor continuously streams depth maps to the gesture recognition software at 30 frames per second.
Originally, Tangible Lights was one out of eight prototypes developed for my Master's thesis at Aarhus University (my thesis is described briefly on the next page).
The system was presented and demonstrated at the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI '15), Stanford, California, USA. Accompanying is a work-in-progress paper: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2687909 or http://torsorensen.dk/projects/tangiblelights/Soerensen_et_al_-_TangibleLights_TEI15_published.pdf
A video serves as a walk-through of Tangible Lights and the interactions available in the system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQpI_R4theA
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