Proceedings: GI 2005

TangiMap: a tangible interface for visualization of large documents on handheld computers

Martin Hachet, Joachim Pouderoux, Pascal Guitton, Jean-Christophe Gonzato

Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2005: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, 9 - 11 May 2005, 9-15

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    author = {Hachet, Martin and Pouderoux, Joachim and Guitton, Pascal and Gonzato, Jean-Christophe},
    title = {TangiMap: a tangible interface for visualization of large documents on handheld computers},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2005},
    series = {GI 2005},
    year = {2005},
    issn = {0713-5424},
    isbn = {1-56881-265-5},
    location = {Victoria, British Columbia, Canada},
    pages = {9--15},
    numpages = {7},
    publisher = {Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society},
    address = {School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada},


The applications for handheld computers have evolved from very simple schedulers or note editors to more complex applications where high-level interaction tasks are required. Despite this evolution, the input devices for interaction with handhelds are still limited to a few buttons and styluses associated with sensitive screens.In this paper we focus on the visualization of large documents (e.g. maps) that cannot be displayed in their entirety on the small-size screens. We present a new task-adapted and device-adapted interface called TangiMap.TangiMap is a three degrees of freedom camera-based interface where the user interacts by moving a tangible interface behind the handheld computer. TangiMap benefits from two-handed interaction providing a kinaesthetic feedback and a frame of reference.We undertook an experiment to compare TangiMap with a classical stylus interface for a two-dimensional target searching task. The results showed that TangiMap was faster and that the user preferences were largely in its favor.