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Building up virtual environments using gestures

: Marinc, Alexander; Stocklöw, Carsten; Braun, Andreas


Stephanidis, C.:
Universal access in human-computer interaction. 7th International Conference, UAHCI 2013. Vol.3: Applications and services for quality of life : Held as part of HCI International 2013, Las Vegas, NV, USA, July 21-26, 2013; proceedings
Berlin: Springer, 2013 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8011)
ISBN: 3-642-39193-1
ISBN: 978-3-642-39193-4 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-642-39194-1 (Online)
International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction (UAHCI) <7, 2013, Las Vegas/Nev.>
International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International) <15, 2013, Las Vegas/Nev.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IGD ()
smart environments; 3d modeling; distributed computing

When realizing human-machine-interaction in smart environments it is required to create a virtual representation of the environment that encompasses not only location of the different devices supported but may also contain meta-information such as technical and logical communication layers or a description of supported functionalities, e.g. by using semantics. Creating this representation typically requires technical knowledge and manipulation of object representation files. Therefor it is a major challenge to enable this set-up for regular users, by providing an easy way to establish the virtual environment and the respective position and orientation of integrated devices. In this work we present a novel user-centered approach to create these physical parameters in the virtual representation. Based on intuitive gestural interaction we are able to define the boundaries of appliances and select their capabilities. We have evaluated this method with various users, in order to investigate if such a gestural modification of virtual representations provides an easy way for regular users to create their own smart environment.