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CORD UIS
CONTROLLING DEVICES WITH AUGMENTED CABLES

Cord UIs are sensorial augmented cords that allow for simple metaphor-rich interactions to interface with their connected devices. Cords offer a large underexplored space for interactions as well as unique properties and a diverse set of metaphors that make them potentially interesting tangible interfaces. We use cords as input devices and explore different interactions like tying knots, stretching, pinching and kinking to control the flow of data and/or power. We also look at ways to use objects in combination with augmented cords to manipulate data or properties of a device. For instance, placing a clamp on a cable can obstruct the audio signal to the headphones. Using special materials such as piezo copolymer cables and stretchable cords we built five working prototypes to showcase the interactions.

Contributor: Philipp Schoessler, Sang-won Leigh, Hiroshi Ishii

Publications

Philipp Schoessler, Sang-won Leigh, Krithika Jagannath, Patrick van Hoof, and Hiroshi Ishii. "Cord UI: Manipulating Data on its Flow Path with Augmented Cables." ACM Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction 2014 (TEI '14) Work-in-progress, 2014.  [PDF]

Philipp Schoessler, Sang-won Leigh, Krithika Jagannath, Patrick van Hoof, and Hiroshi Ishii. Cord UIs: Controlling Devices with Augmented Cables, TEI 2015, 2015  [PDF]