PhD Raf Ramakers presents “Paddle: highly deformable mobile devices with physical controls” at IoT Event

Raf Ramakers of Hasselt University presents ‘Paddle: highly deformable mobile devices with physical controls’ at the Internet of Things Event. Raf is PhD Student in Human Computer Interaction at Hasselt University in Belgium.

Paddle is a highly deformable device that can be transformed to different shapes. Paddle bridges the gap between differently sized mobile available devices nowadays, such as phones and tablets. Additionally, Paddle demonstrates a novel opportunity for deformable devices to transform into differently shaped physical controls that provide clear physical affordances for the task at hand. Physical controls have the advantage of exploiting people’s innate abilities for manipulating physical objects in the real world. We designed and implemented a prototyped system of which the engineering principles are based on the design of the Rubik’s magic, a folding plate puzzle. This talk elaborates on the novel interaction techniques enabled by Paddle and the benefits over traditional touch interaction techniques.

raframakersraframakersNaamloosAbout Raf Ramakers
“I’m Raf Ramakers, a PhD. Student in Human Computer Interaction at Hasselt University in Belgium. I explore how computing devices can become more tangible with advances in technology, such as flexible displays, printed electronics and computer vision. Therefore I build and study novel interactive devices. My research is driven by the leitmotif of making the interaction with computing devices richer and diverse, slightly different for every situation and adapted to the environment and the task at hand.”

About Hasselt University / Expertise Centre for Digital Media (EDM)
EDM performs research in computer science since 1987. Our research focuses on two core competences: ‘Visual Computing’ and ‘Human-Computer Interaction’. EDM’s key objective is to be a leading research institute in human-computer interaction, computer graphics, multimedia networking, computer vision and virtual environments.

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