Back from EC-TEL

So back again from Crete, where the first EC-TEL took place (the online proceedings can be found here). A lot of interesting results and ideas, not to forget the inspiring surroundings. There will be some postings in the next days about what I consider to be the most interesting stuff that happened.

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I will start with the keynote from Chia Shen: “From Clicks to Touches”. She was reporting about some MERL (Mitsubishi Electric Reserach Laboratories) projects about tabletops, presenting some project results (mostly by showing really impressive videos) about how tabletops can be used, e.g., for collaboration or navigation in GIS environments. For me, it’s not yet obvious for which kind of scenario or use-case these developments might be of real use (except of being fancy and nice), and this also seems to be an open research question for the MERL group.

Anyway, there’s definitely a need for good and intuitive interfaces, especially when it’s about collaboration. And I’m sure that the results presented can be very useful, e.g., in a virtual desktop environment. Now I just have to convince my boss to buy such a cute table, because it’s maybe a good opportunity to develop some EXCITING knowledge or document management system ;-)


Further information can be found at the homepage of the DiamondSpin Tabletop Toolkit Project (providing a rich Java toolkit for tabletop development), and here is a Demo Video.

2 Responses to “Back from EC-TEL”

  1. Bertin Says:

    I like the “Clicks to Touches” idea. Surely a precursor, still worth watched:

  2. Stephan Says:

    has the table for making collaborative music … and their design is REALLY CUTE and you can book a workshop at STEIM do learn how to program such a table, here

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