GaussBricks: Magnetic building blocks for constructive tangible interactions on portable displays

Rong Hao Liang, Liwei Chan, Hung Yu Tseng, Han Chih Kuo, XDa-Yuan Huang, De Nian Yang, Bing Yu Chen

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Abstract

This work describes a novel building block system for tangible interaction design, GaussBricks, which enables real-time constructive tangible interactions on portable displays. Given its simplicity, the mechanical design of the magnetic building blocks facilitates the construction of configurable forms. The form constructed by the magnetic building blocks, which are connected by the magnetic joints, allows users to stably manipulate with various elastic force feedback mechanisms. With an analog Hall-sensor grid mounted to its back, a portable display determines the geometrical configuration and detects various user interactions in real time. This work also introduce several methods to enable shape changing, multi-touch input, and display capabilities in the construction. The proposed building block system enriches how individuals interact with the portable displays physically.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2014
Subtitle of host publicationOne of a ChiNd - Extended Abstracts, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages587-590
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450324748
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2014 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: 26 Apr 20141 May 2014

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Conference

Conference32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2014
CountryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period26/04/141/05/14

Keywords

  • Constructive assembly
  • Magnetism
  • Portable displays
  • Tangible interactions

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    Liang, R. H., Chan, L., Tseng, H. Y., Kuo, H. C., Huang, XD-Y., Yang, D. N., & Chen, B. Y. (2014). GaussBricks: Magnetic building blocks for constructive tangible interactions on portable displays. In CHI EA 2014: One of a ChiNd - Extended Abstracts, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 587-590). (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2559206.2574776