UbiBeam: An Interactive Projector-Camera System for Domestic Deployment

Previous research on projector-camera systems has focused for a long time on interaction inside a lab environment. Currently they are no insight on how people would interact and use such a device in their everyday lives. We conducted an in-situ user study by visiting 22 households and exploring specific use cases and ideas of portable projector-camera systems in a domestic environment. Using a grounded theory approach, we identified several categories such as interaction techniques, presentation space, placement and use cases. Based on our observations, we designed and implement UbiBeam, a domestically deployable projector-camera system. The system comprises a projector, a depth camera and two servomotors to transform every ordinary surface into a touch-sensitive information display.

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Jan Gugenheimer, Pascal Knierim, Christian Winkler, Julian Seifert, and Enrico Rukzio. 2015. UbiBeam: Exploring the Interaction Space for Home Deployed Projector-Camera Systems. In 15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction — INTERACT 2015 – Volume 9298, Julio Abascal, Simone Barbosa, Mirko Fetter, Tom Gross, Philippe Palanque, and Marco Winckler (Eds.), Vol. 9298. Springer-Verlag New York, Inc., New York, NY, USA, 350-366. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-22698-9_236

Jan Gugenheimer, Pascal Knierim, Julian Seifert, and Enrico Rukzio. 2014. UbiBeam: An Interactive Projector-Camera System for Domestic Deployment. In Proceedings of the Ninth ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS ’14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 305-310. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2669485.2669537