Paper-Digital Annotations and Information Capture

Type of Thesis: 
Master Thesis

In the last few years we have seen a major increase in the number of e-book solutions such as, for example, the Sony PRS-600. More recently, these e-book devices can no longer only be used to read documents but they also support pen-based interactions and annotations. In contrast to these e-paper-based solutions, there is a possibility to augment regular paper with digital information and services as well as to capture handwritten information and annotations based on our iPaper framework in combination with digital pen and paper solutions. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages. While e-paper solutions miss some of the affordances of regular paper, they offer other functionality (e.g. dynamic update of information) that is no available for digital pen and paper-based solutions.




The goal of this project is to investigate how these two approaches can be integrated in the sense that annotations and other information that has been generated while processing a document on an e-book reader can be reused in paper only solutions and vice versa. In the first part of the project, we will investigate the state of the art in e-book readers and evaluate them in terms of a potential integration with digital pen and paper-based solutions. Based on this initial evaluation, we will use one or multiple e-book readers or digital emulators to build a prototype that shows some of the benefits of integrating the two different approaches. The project will further come up with a generic annotation and digital ink format that can be used for e-books as well as for digital pen and paper-based solutions


Background Knowledge: 
  • Java
Technical challenges: 
  • You will learn about the iPaper framework and digital pen and paper technology
  • You will learn about the state of the art in e-book readers and e-paper solutions
  • You will learn about interactive paper and tangible user interface design
  • You will learn about innovative forms of human–computer interaction (HCI)
Beat Signer
Bruno Dumas
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