09/05/2013 OpenCapSense created by Andreas
The Smart Spaces action line develops new solutions for smart environments, such as offices, museums, shopping centers, schools or museums. A special focus is on investigating novel forms of interaction that enable us to manipulate our surroundings more intuitively. OpenCapSense has been partially funded in the scope of the Smart Spaces project “The Interaction Toolkit” - that provides enabling interaction technologies for other projects of the action line and EIT ICT Labs as a whole.
The aim of the workshop was to present the newest iteration of the OpenCapSense platform to young HCI researchers all over Europe. The half-day event was attended by participants from France, Finland, Italy and Germany. Their research organizations include INRIA, VTT, University of Trento, DFKI and Fraunhofer. Our workshop was separated into two distinct parts. At first the researchers got acquainted with the board and created a simple Theremin application using the Python scripting language. In the second part of the workshop four different groups started working on their own projects and presented their results in the end.
The participants created a nice mix of different prototypes covering a broad scale of different interaction applications. One group tried to extend the Theremin to a more versatile multi-tonal music instrument, while another followed a similar approach to allow a more fine-grained control of the Theremin. Another group created an interaction extension for a notebook in order to manipulate the screen content via hand movements. The last group experimented with wearable sensors, integrating wires and electrodes into their clothing. Some impressions can be found below.
Overall the workshop has been a great success and most participants showed interest in further experimentation with the OpenCapSense toolkit. Some demonstration boards have been shared with research groups.
All workshop materials can be found here!