“booTable” a piece of ineractive “smart” cartboard made furniture for the living room that builts upon surface computing. After featured at 13th International Conference on “Human-ComputerInteraction” at San Diego California, all cartboard furnitures goes for recycling bringing back to University headquarters only hardware saving transport expenses and respect enviroment sustainability rules. Xenofon Ritsopoulos Design Maker and Informatics Institute of Technology and Research Foundation at University of Crete in Greece interaction engineer Dimitris Gramenos with their teams designed, develop and built a fully-functional prototype of a “smart” coffee table (the “booTable”), along with a number of low- and high-level software components for AmI (ambient intelligence) programme for Informatics Institute of Technology.
The booTable incorporates several innovative features such as:
(a) it is constructed by recycled and re-used paper parts;
(b) it is designed to look as a modern piece of furniture.
All technological parts (except the inevitable power cord) are carefully concealed in its body through the creation of appropriate design features;
(c) it fuses alternative, highly versatile, input technologies;
(d) it provides dual visual output, complementing the projection surface with a digital frame;
(e) it is accompanied by two matching stools that also embed sensing technologies;
(f) it introduces the concept of tabl-e-cloths (i.e., RFID-tagged printed canvas sheets) that act both as a tangible means for launching software applications and as the basic layer for creating mixed-reality interfaces; and
(g) it comes with a custom-made middleware layer that supports application development in most widely-used programming languages and allows for concurrent access and use of the large variety of the available heterogeneous hardware components.
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