A Rapid Prototyping Tool for Interactive Device Development

  • Mark Merlo
  • Mark Bachman
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6761)


Designers need rapid prototyping tools that are embeddable, easily configured and can control a large range of accessories. Current prototyping tools fall short on these requirements by requiring one or more of the following: a tether to a computer, textual programming, and/or limited accessory control. To overcome the limitations of current tools, we have developed Buttercup, a standalone embedded sensor/effector controller that provides a high degree of customization for rapid prototyping interactive devices. The keys to the implementation of Buttercup are its hardware and firmware architecture. By building a system focused on sensor and effector control, the hardware can be small and inexpensive. The firmware utilizes a unique mapping system that lends itself to robust control over its accessories while allowing intuitive configuration by the user through a graphical user interface.


Embedded controller rapid prototyping graphical programming physical interactive system effector controller sensor controller 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Merlo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mark Bachman
    • 1
  1. 1.The Henry Samueli School of EngineeringUniversity of CaliforniaIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Wildflower Technologies, Inc.Santa Ana

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