Using the office desk as a touch interface

Hirobumi Tomita*, Simona Vasilache, Jiro Tanaka

*Corresponding author for this work

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A system that allows a user to easily operate a computer or tablet while working on a desk was devised. In particular, the desk is changed into an input interface that can detect the touch of a hand. A device that acquires the position data of the hand and a software program that operates the computer or tablet using this device were developed. The device, which uses the office desk as a touch interface, was constructed. The device was used in an application for navigating images displayed on a screen, even while doing other work on the desk (e.g., drawing). In future work, the sensors in the device will be improved, and various applications utilizing the device will be developed and experimentally evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman Interface and the Management of Information
Subtitle of host publicationInformation, Design and Interaction - 18th International Conference, HCI International 2016, Proceedings
EditorsSakae Yamamoto
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319403489
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: 2016 Jul 172016 Jul 22

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016


  • Capacitive sensing
  • Digital desk
  • Tabletop interfaces
  • Touch interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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