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Augmenting natural interaction with physical paper in ambient intelligence environments

  • George MargetisEmail author
  • Stavroula Ntoa
  • Margherita Antona
  • Constantine Stephanidis
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Abstract

Physical paper, in its various forms (e.g. books, leaflets, catalogues), is extensively used in everyday activities, despite any advancements in digital technology and ICT. Inspired by the popularity of this medium, several research efforts have envisioned and pursued a new era of interactive paper, however several challenges still remain to be addressed. On the other hand, recent advancements towards Ambient Intelligence (AmI) and Smart environments, bear the promise of seamless integration of the physical and digital worlds in an intuitive and user-friendly manner. This paper presents InPrinted, a systematic and generic framework supporting physical paper augmentation and user interaction in Ambient intelligence environments. InPrinted enables natural multimodal user interaction with any kind of printed matter in smart environments, providing context aware and anticipation mechanisms, as well as tools and interaction techniques that support the development of applications incorporating printed matter augmentation. InPrinted has been put to practice in the development of various systems, including the Interactive Maps system, facilitating interaction with printed maps as well as their augmentation with digital information. The results of an in-situ observation experiment of the Interactive Maps system are reported, highlighting that interacting with augmented paper is quite easy and natural, while the overall User Experience is positive.

Keywords

Paper augmentation Natural interaction Ambient intelligence framework In-situ evaluation 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work is supported by the FORTH-ICS internal RTD Programme ‘Ambient Intelligence Environments’.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH)Institute of Computer ScienceCreteGreece
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of CreteCreteGreece

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