Memory stones: An intuitive information transfer technique between multi-touch computers

Kaori Ikematsu, Itiro Siio

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Abstract

Owners of multiple personal computing devices, such as mobile phones, tablet PCs, laptops, or desktop PCs, may frequently want to transfer information from one device to another. Whereas a drag-and-drop function on the same computing device is easy to achieve, it becomes cumbersome in an environment with multiple computing devices. We have to first locate and then select the target device from a list of devices on a network, even when the device is right in front of us. In this paper, a novel direct manipulation technique for executing drag-and-drop operations between multi-touch devices is proposed. Under our interface concept, dubbed "Memory Stones," a user can "pick up" a data object displayed on one device screen, "carry" it to another device screen, and "put it down" on that device using only their fingers. During this drag-and-drop operation, the user is invited to pantomime the act of carrying a tangible object (a "stone") while keeping their fingertip positions unchanged. The system identifies both the source and target devices by matching the shape of the polygon formed by the fingertips when touching each respective screen. We have developed a prototype system for small-to-large sized multi-touch computers including smartphones, tablet PCs, laptops, and desktop PCs, and have carried out a preliminary evaluation of its feasibility.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHotMobile 2015 - 16th International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages3-8
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333917
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 12
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems, HotMobile 2015 - Santa Fe, United States
Duration: 2015 Feb 122015 Feb 13

Publication series

NameHotMobile 2015 - 16th International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications

Conference

Conference16th International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems, HotMobile 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySanta Fe
Period15/2/1215/2/13

Keywords

  • Drag-and-drop
  • Gesture Input
  • Graphical User Interfaces (GUI)
  • Multi-touch Interaction
  • User Interface for Multiple Computing Environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

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