Prototyping ubiquitous imaging surfaces

Kyle Montague, Daniel Jackson, Tobias Brühwiler, Tom Bartindale, Gerard Wilkinson, Patrick Olivier, Otmar Hilliges, Thomas Ploetz

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Mass adoption and innovation in the field of the Internet of Things has transformed the environments we live in, from stale siloes of technologies into rich interactive playgrounds. Nevertheless, the vast majority of surface area in these spaces are being overlooked and under-utilized in today's research. Surface imaging provides the means to extend and include typically out-of-reach, disconnected objects into these playgrounds. However, existing surface imaging technologies are impractical to embed in everyday environments, restricting researchers from exploring the design and interaction opportunities they can afforded these spaces. In this paper, we propose IRIS, a modular surface imaging prototype capable of providing scalable, low-cost, high-resolution surface imaging. We describe a real-world case study where IRIS is used to identify and track fresh fruit produce being prepared - a task that is typical infeasible with existing technologies. Through IRIS, we hope to enable the community to exploit these under-explored surface areas and enhance the rich, interactive, connected environments we inhabit. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS'17 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Subtitle of host publicationJune 10–14, 2017 Edinburgh, United Kingdom
EditorsMichael Smyth, Peter Dalsgaard
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349222
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventDesigning Interactive Systems 2017 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Jun 201714 Jun 2017


ConferenceDesigning Interactive Systems 2017
Abbreviated titleDIS 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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  • Internet of Things
  • Modular sensing
  • Surface imaging

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