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SenseBelt: A Belt-Worn Sensor to Support Cross-Device Interaction

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  • Alexandros Stylianidis
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  • Jo Vermeulen
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  • Steven Houben
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  • Lindsay MacDonald
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  • Russell Beale

Mobile interaction is shifting from a single device to simultaneous interaction with ensembles of devices such as phones, tablets, or watches. Spatially-aware cross-device interaction between mobile devices typically requires a fixed tracking infrastructure, which limits mobility. In this paper, we present SenseBelt - a sensing belt that enhances existing mobile interactions and enables low-cost, ad hoc sensing of cross-device gestures and interactions. SenseBelt enables proxemic interactions between people and their personal devices. SenseBelt also supports cross-device interaction between personal devices and stationary devices, such as public displays. We discuss the design and implementation of SenseBelt together with possible applications. With an initial evaluation, we provide insights into the benefits and drawbacks of a belt-worn mediating sensor to support cross-device interactions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCHI EA '17
Pages (from-to)2123-2131
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2017
EventCHI 2017 - Denver, United States
Duration: 6 May 201712 May 2017


ConferenceCHI 2017
CountryUnited States
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    Research areas

  • ad hoc tracking, belt, cross-device interaction, proxemic interaction, sensors, wearable computing, Proxemic interaction, Ad hoc tracking, Belt, Wearable computing, Sensors, Cross-device interaction

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