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We present FingerPad, a nail-mounted device that turns the tip of the index finger into a touchpad, allowing private and subtle interaction while on the move. FingerPad enables touch input using magnetic tracking, by adding a Hall sensor grid on the index fingernail, and a magnet on the thumbnail. Since it permits input through the pinch gesture, FingerPad(More)
Many map systems are created to help the user finding a place or define a route to follow. Google Map extends the concept of "surfing the map" by adding a street view that allows the user to explore a place from real pictures, creating the same feeling of walking through the streets. The horizontal 2D map and vertical panoramic street view, however, cause(More)
Location-aware services can benefit from accurate and reliable indoor location tracking. The widespread adoption of 802.11x wireless LAN as the network infrastructure creates the opportunity to deploy WiFi-based location services with few additional hardware costs. While recent research has demonstrated adequate performance, localization error increases(More)
We present <i>TUIC</i>, a technology that enables tangible interaction on capacitive multi-touch devices, such as iPad, iPhone, and 3M's multi-touch displays, without requiring any hardware modifications. TUIC simulates finger touches on capacitive displays using passive materials and active modulation circuits embedded inside tangible objects, and can be(More)
In this paper, we explore the challenges in applying and investigate methodologies to improve direct-touch interaction on intangible displays. Direct-touch interaction simplifies object manipulation, because it combines the input and display into a single integrated interface. While traditional tangible display-based direct-touch technology is commonplace,(More)
We present GaussBits, which is a system of the passive magnetic tangible designs that enables 3D tangible interactions in the near-surface space of portable displays. When a thin magnetic sensor grid is attached to the back of the display, the 3D position and partial 3D orientation of the GaussBits can be resolved by the proposed bi-polar magnetic field(More)
This work presents a novel and always-available nail mounted display known as <i>NailDisplay</i>. The proposed display augments the use of a finger by allowing for always-available visual feedback owing to its fast accessibility and binding user controls with the display, <i>i.e.</i> what you control is what you see (through the display). Potential benefits(More)
For human vision, the resolution of visual perception is not uniform across the entire eye, in which the fovea, a dimple on the central retina, provides our highest resolution vision. While many researchers have focused on building a large homogeneous high-resolution display for better visual quality, our approach goes a step further to exploit the(More)
This paper presents a programmable infrared (IR) technique that utilizes invisible, programmable markers to support interaction beyond the surface of a diffused-illumination (DI) multi-touch system. We combine an IR projector and a standard color projector to simultaneously project visible content and invisible markers. Mobile devices outfitted with IR(More)