TaraScope: Controlling Remote Telescopes Through Tangible Interaction

Abstract

In this paper we present TaraScope, a multimodal installation that enables student groups, participating in workshops at a Space Observatory in Ireland, to remotely manipulate and capture images from a robotic telescope situated in San Francisco, California. This project is developed as part of an international initiative between Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO), Ireland and Chabot Space & Science Center, California, with the aim of connecting the two locations while also stimulating interest in astronomy, science, technology, engineering and math. We describe the design rationale and implementation of the installation, which is based on creating an inviting, apprehendable, inexpensive and engaging system that supports inquiry-led learning and group interactions. Furthermore, we present several initial observations on the user experience of the system that we gathered through a series of evaluations that we conducted at the Observatory.

DOI: 10.1145/2677199.2680562

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@inproceedings{Hogan2015TaraScopeCR, title={TaraScope: Controlling Remote Telescopes Through Tangible Interaction}, author={Trevor Hogan and Dylan Goveas and Rebecca Noonan and Luke Twomey}, booktitle={Tangible and Embedded Interaction}, year={2015} }