Control Blocks: Tangible Tools for Tabletop Groupware (2007)

Author(s): Hook J, Olivier P

    Abstract: We propose Control Blocks, a system of graspable interface tools designed to bring the benefits of tangible interaction to the complex tasks required of the tabletop computer groupware environment. Control blocks are physical artefacts, directly associated with virtual content, similar to the Bricks of [2]. They are however augmented with large mechanical controls to provide the manipulation of additional functionality without compromising the tool’s physical nature.

      • Date: May 2007
      • Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series
      • Pages: 5
      • Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
      • Publication type: Report
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: Tabletop interfaces, tangible interfaces, shareable interfaces, single display groupware, co-located groupware, CSCW


      Professor Patrick Olivier
      Professor of Human-Computer Interaction