Tangible tiles: Design and evaluation of a tangible user interface in a collaborative tabletop setup

Manuela Waldner, Jörg Hauber, Jürgen Zauner, Michael Haller, Mark Billinghurst

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In this paper we describe a tangible user interface "Tangible Tiles", which uses optically tracked transparent plexiglass tiles for interaction and display of projected imagery on a table or whiteboard. We designed and implemented a number of interaction techniques based on two sets of different tiles, which either directly represent digital objects or function as tools for data manipulation. To discover the strengths and weaknesses of our current prototype, we conducted a user study that compared simple interaction with digital imagery in three conditions: 1) our Tangible Tiles system, 2) a commercial touch screen, and 3) a control condition using real paper prints. Although we discovered some conceptual problems, the results show potential benefits of Tangible Tiles for supporting collaboration and natural interaction. Copyright the author(s) and CHISIG.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th Australia Conference on Computer-Human Interaction - Design
Subtitle of host publicationActivities, Artefacts and Environments, OZCHI '06
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event18th Australia Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, OZCHI '06 - Sydney, NSW, Australia
Duration: 20 Nov 200624 Nov 2006

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference18th Australia Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, OZCHI '06
CitySydney, NSW


  • collaboration
  • human computer interaction
  • interaction design
  • tangible user interface


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