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The Design of Tools for Sketching Sensor-Based Interaction

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In this paper we motivate, present, and give an initial evaluation of DUL Radio, a small wireless toolkit for sketching sensor-based interaction. In the motivation, we discuss the purpose of this specific platform, which aims to balance ease-of-use (learning, setup, initialization), size, speed, flexibility and cost, aimed at wearable and ultra-mobile prototyping where fast reaction is needed (e.g. in controlling sound), and we discuss the general issues facing this category of embodied interaction design tools. We then present the platform in more detail, both regarding hard- ware and software. In the brief evaluation, we present our initial experiences with the platform both in design projects and in teaching. We conclude that DUL Radio does seem to be a relatively easy-to-use tool for sketching sensor-based interaction compared to other solutions, but that there are many ways to improve it. Target users include designers, students, artists etc. with minimal programming and hardware skills, but this paper adresses the issues with designing the tools, which includes technical details.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ACM TEI 2012
Number of pages4
Place of publicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication yearMar 2012
ISBN (print)-
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
EventTangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction 2012 - Kingston, ON, Canada
Duration: 19 Feb 201222 Feb 2012


ConferenceTangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction 2012
ByKingston, ON

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