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Keywords, Titles, Abstract January 29, 2007

Posted by Melissa Quintanilha in text.
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Keywords:

Rich interaction
Augmented environments
Multi-modal interface
Tangible interface
Ubiquitous computing

Titles:

Rich interaction: Moving towards a more natural interaction through the use of intuitive actions to manipulate digital information.

Gesture-based communication in Human-computer Interaction

Integrating “disappearing” computers and multi-modal interfaces into a natural environment

Physical participation and experience in the human-machine interaction process

Gestural Human-Computer Interaction: Moving towards intuitive experiences for the manipulation of digital information

Abstract:

The way people use and interact with a product is as important as what the product can do or what it looks like. The current state of human-computer interaction (HCI) is confined to traditional Graphical User Interfaces (GUI). The interactions with these GUIs are limited to keystrokes and mouse clicks. Limiting man-machine interaction to keyboard/mouse input and text/graphical output means employing only a small fraction of the overall interaction bandwidth that is available to us. My approach is to use multi-modal interfaces that will allow the artificial system to engage in a similar dialog with the user, with the objective of exploiting the richness, robustness and flexibility of face-to-face conversation.

Secondary research already conducted in the fields of augmented reality and interaction design reveals the need to broaden Human-Computer Interaction by exploring more communication channels and the use of intuitive human actions. Further studies will be undertaken in the form of observations of how humans interact with seven applications ranging from low to high degree of interactivity. By the use of video capture, three variables will be measured: physical kinesthetic, temporal dimension and responsiveness. Following the interactive experience, a survey will be undertaken so that users can describe their experience in terms of ease of use, learnability, system adaptability, etc. From my research I hope to understand the unmet needs of users when it comes to communicating with digital systems.

My approach will focus on an integrated design of real and virtual worlds. The resulting hybrid environment provides and requires new forms for interacting with information. The idea is to augment everyday places and objects with information processing capabilities. I believe that augmenting the physical environment with computer-based devices providing new functionality will provide a much richer multi-sensory experience of digital information. The proposed project explores the use of intuitive actions to manipulate information. The idea is to move towards a more fluid and natural interaction. The concepts presented will also demonstrate new potentials in navigating content without the fear of information overload associated with it.

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