Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

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Tangible Interaction Surfaces for Collaboration between Humans

Tangible Interaction Surfaces for Collaboration between Humans

Scientific Director: Prof. Gudrun Klinker

Contact Person(s): Florian Echtler

Keywords: 3D Information Presentation, 3D Interaction


Recently, interaction devices based on natural gestures have become more and more widespread, e.g. with Jeff Han's work (watch on YouTube), Microsoft Surface or the Apple iPhone. These devices particularly support multi-touch interaction, thereby enabling a single user to work with both hands or even several users in parallel.

In this project, we explore the applications of multi-touch surfaces, both large and small. We are building and evaluating new hardware concepts as well as developing software to take advantage of the new interaction modalities.


Figure 1: Playing Sudoku on the TISCH
Figure 2: Example Image from the IR Camera


This video shows a demo of our new shadow tracking setup. Paper to appear at AVI 2008 in Naples.


M. Heinz, S. Bertel, F. Echtler
TouchScope: A Hybrid Multitouch Oscilloscope Interface
Proceedings of the 19th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI '17) (bib)
A. Dippon, G. Klinker
Natural Interaction for Card Games on Multiple Devices
ITS 2013, October 7-9, St.Andrews, UK, pp. 409-412. (bib)
A. Dippon, N. Wiedermann, G. Klinker
Seamless Integration of Mobile Devices into Interactive Surface Environments
ITS 2012, November 11 - 14, Cambridge, MA, USA, pp. 331-334. (bib)
A. Dippon, G. Klinker
KinectTouch: Accuracy Test for a Very LowCost 2.5D Multitouch Tracking System
ITS 2011, November 13 - 16, Kobe, Japan, pp. 49-52. (bib)
A. Dippon, F. Echtler, G. Klinker
Multi-Touch Table as Conventional Input Device
HCI International Extended Abstracts, July 9 - 14, Orlando, Florida, USA, pp. 237-241. (bib)
N. Kl{\"u}gel, M. Frie{\ss}, G. Groh, F. Echtler
An Approach to Collaborative Music Composition
International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2011), May 30th, 2011, Oslo, Norway. (bib)
F. Echtler, G. Klinker, A. Butz
Towards a Unified Gesture Description Language
13th International Conference on Humans and Computers (HC 2010), December 8, 2010, Düsseldorf, Germany, pp. 177-182. (bib)
A. Dippon
Multi-Touch Devices as Conventional Input Devices
Diploma Thesis 2010. (bib)
M. Frie{\ss}, M. Kleinhans, F. Forster, F. Echtler, G. Groh
A Tabletop Interface for Generic Creativity Techniques
International Conference on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction (IHCI 2010), July 26, 2011, Freiburg, Germany. (bib)
F. Echtler, G. Klinker, A. Butz
Features, Regions, Gestures: Components of a Generic Gesture Recognition Engine
Workshop on Engineering Patterns for Multitouch Interfaces, June 20, 2010, Berlin, Germany. (bib)
F. Echtler, M. H{\"a}u{\ss}ler, G. Klinker
BioTISCH: the interactive molecular biology lab bench
CHI 2010 "Works-in-Progress", April 10 - 14, Atlanta, GA, USA, pp. 3439-3444. (bib)
A. Dippon
Development of Multitouch-Enabled Games
SEP Thesis 2010. (bib)
F. Echtler, T. Pototschnig, G. Klinker
An LED-based Multitouch Sensor for LCD Screens
TEI 2010, January 25 - 27, Cambridge, MA, USA, pp. 227-230. (bib)
F. Echtler, A. Dippon, M. Tönnis, G. Klinker
Inverted FTIR: Easy Multitouch Sensing for Flatscreens
ITS 2009, November 23 - 25, Banff, Canada, pp. 29-32. (bib)
F. Echtler
Tangible Information Displays
Dissertation an der Fakultät für Informatik, Technische Universität München, Dez. 2009 (online version available here) (bib)
F. Echtler, S. Nestler, A. Dippon, G. Klinker
Supporting Casual Interactions between Board Games on Public Tabletop Displays and Mobile Devices
Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Special Issue on Public and Private Displays, Springer Verlag, 2009, pp. 609-617. (bib)
A. Dippon
Gleichzeitige Ansteuerung einer LED-Matrix als Display und Sensor
IDP Thesis in Electrical Engineering 2009. (bib)
J. Sch{\"o}ning, J. Hook, N. Motamedi, P. Olivier, F. Echtler, P. Brandl, L. Muller, F. Daiber, O. Hilliges, M. Löchtefeld, T. Roth, U. von Zadow
Building Interactive Multi-Touch Surfaces
Journal of Graphics, GPU, & Game Tools (bib)
F. Echtler, T. Sielhorst, M. Huber, G. Klinker
A Short Guide to Modulated Light
TEI 2009, February 16 - 18, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 393-396. (bib)
F. Echtler, G. Klinker
A Multitouch Software Architecture
Proc. of the 5th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Using Bridges (NordiCHI? 08), Lund, Schweden, pp. 463-466. (bib)
J. Sch{\"o}ning, P. Brandl, F. Daiber, F. Echtler, O. Hilliges, J. Hook, M. Löchtefeld, N. Motamedi, L. Muller, P. Olivier, T. Roth, U. von Zadow
Multi-Touch Surfaces: A Technical Guide
Technical Report TUM-I0833 (bib)
F. Echtler, G. Klinker
Tracking Mobile Phones on Interactive Tabletops
MEIS '08: Workshop on Mobile and Embedded Interactive Systems, Munich, Germany, pp. 285-290. (bib)
S. Nestler, F. Echtler, A. Dippon, G. Klinker
Collaborative problem solving on mobile hand-held devices and stationary multi-touch interfaces
PPD'08. Workshop on designing multi-touch interaction techniques for coupled public and private displays (bib)
F. Echtler, M. Huber, G. Klinker
Shadow Tracking on Multi-Touch Tables
AVI '08: 9th International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, Naples, Italy, pp. 388-391. (bib)
F. Echtler, M. Huber, G. Klinker
Hand tracking for enhanced gesture recognition on interactive multi-touch surfaces
Technical Report TUM-I0721, Nov. 1, 2007. (bib)


Contact Person(s)

Florian Echtler
Prof. Dr. Florian Echtler

Working Group

Andreas Dippon
Dipl.-Inf. Univ. Andreas Dippon
Florian Echtler
Prof. Dr. Florian Echtler
Manuel Huber
Dr. Manuel Huber


Technische Universität München
Institut für Informatik / I16
Boltzmannstr. 3
85748 Garching bei München

Tel.: +49 89 289-17058
Fax: +49 89 289-17059
Visit our lab at Garching.

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