Navigating Across the Sea of Tangible Documents - The "Clipper" Document Browser

Type of Thesis: 
Master Thesis
The activities people currently undertake in the office is a promising domain to be explored by computer scientists. On one hand, observing how people configure their spaces to undertake their tasks, on the other hand, how they use artefacts whether they are mundane like paper documents, pens or pencils or the complex networked high performance infrastructures now common in most office environments will bring insight and awareness on potential tools to enhance productivity and efficiency at work.
The goal of this project is to create an integrated tool allowing a user to seamlessly browse, modify and display different documents. RFID-tagged paper documents are going to be used as activators, linking the paper documents to their digital counterparts. A collection of documents can be explored, sorted and displayed through a custom-built user interface, based on Phidgets© interface sensors. The interface will allow users to browse through related and unrelated documents, create new links between different documents and display these same documents. In addition to the tracking of documents we plan to investigate a user's interaction within documents based on Anoto's digital pen and paper technology.
Background Knowledge: 
  • Java


Technical challenges: 
  • Exploration of user interaction based on Phidgets© interface sensors
  • Design and evaluation of an elegant and intuitive user interface
  • Integration of rich links based on RSL model in the navigation. 


Beat Signer
Bruno Dumas
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