LightBeam

TU Darmstadt and FXPal 2011-2012

Pico projectors have lately been investigated as mobile display and interaction devices. We propose to use them as ‘light beams’: Everyday objects sojourning in a beam are turned into dedicated projection surfaces and tangible interaction devices. While this has been explored for large projectors, the affordances of pico projectors are fundamentally different: they have a very small and strictly limited projection ray and can be carried around in a nomadic way during the day. Thus it is unclear how this could be actually leveraged for tangible interaction with physical, real world objects.


This is a joint work between Telecooperation Lab and FX Palo Alto Laboratory (FXPAL).

Videos

Press Coverage

Engadget: “LightBeam pico projector turns any surface into a display, any object into a remote”

Selected Publications

Jochen Huber, Jürgen Steimle, Chunyuan Liao, Qiong Liu, Max Mühlhäuser: LightBeam: Interacting with Augmented Real-World Objects in Pico Projections. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM ’12), ACM, Dezember 2012. [DOI]

LightBeam: Nomadic Pico Projector Interaction with Real World Objects

Jochen Huber, Jürgen Steimle, Chunyuan Liao, Qiong Liu, Max Mühlhäuser: LightBeam: Nomadic Pico Projector Interaction with Real World Objects, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’2012) Extended Abstracts, ACM Press, 2012. [DOI]

People

Jochen Huber
Dr. Jürgen Steimle
Chunyuan Liao
Qiong Liu
Prof. Dr. Max Mühlhäuser