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Conté: Multimodal Input Inspired by an Artist's Crayon

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Conté is a small input device inspired by the way artists manipulate a real Conté crayon. By changing which corner, edge, end, or side is contacting the display, the operator can switch interaction modes using a single hand. Conté's rec- tangular prism shape enables both precise pen-like input and tangible handle interaction. Conté also has a natural compatibility with multi-touch input: it can be tucked in the palm to interleave same-hand touch input, or used to ex- pand the vocabulary of bimanual touch. Inspired by infor- mal interviews with artists, we catalogue Conté's character- istics, and use these to outline a design space. We describe a prototype device using common materials and simple electronics. With this device, we demonstrate interaction techniques in a test-bed drawing application. Finally, we discuss alternate hardware designs and future human fac- tors research to study this new class of input.
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inria-00637134 , version 1 (30-10-2011)

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Daniel Vogel, Géry Casiez. Conté: Multimodal Input Inspired by an Artist's Crayon. UIST'11, 24th ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, Oct 2011, Santa Barbara, United States. ⟨10.1145/2047196.2047242⟩. ⟨inria-00637134⟩
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