Turning a Large Circular Table into an Interactive Augmented Surface

Polar

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Thu, Feb 26th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Research and design lab beyond.io showcases Polar, "a massive, circular 3.2 meter table" turned into an interactive augmented surface. They have done other neat stuff.

For the tabletop interaction it was clear we could not use traditional input methods and UI conventions, as the table is not a computerscreen. Likewise, the depth and amount of content would be different than for example on a kiosk touchscreen. In this environment the main use case instead would be brief explorations of basic content on the programme in the venue and the different product features of Hello Bank.

To interact with this type of content on such a huge surface we chose to work with a Leap Motion. It’s ideal for casually browsing through a small set of predefined views. Moreover, waving your hands in thin air translate to movement to the UI evokes a certain magical feeling to every visitor.

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