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A gesture-based door control using capacitive sensors

: Zeiß, Steeven; Marinc, Alexander; Braun, Andreas; Große-Puppendahl, Tobias; Beck, Sebastian


Streitz, N.:
Distributed, ambient, and pervasive interactions. Second international conference, DAPI 2014 : Held as part of HCI International 2014, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014; Proceedings
Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014 (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 8530)
ISBN: 978-3-319-07787-1 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-319-07788-8 (Online)
International Conference on Distributed, Ambient and Pervasive Interactions (DAPI) <2, 2014, Heraklion>
International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI International) <16, 2014, Heraklion>
Fraunhofer IGD ()
ambient assisted living (AAL); capacitive sensors; proximity sensing; gesture based interaction

In public places sanitary conditions are always of concern, particularly of surfaces that are touched by a multitude of persons, such as door handles in rest rooms. Similar issues also arise in medical facilities. Doors that open based on presence are common in environments such as shopping malls; however they are not suited for sensitive areas, such as toilet stalls. Capacitive proximity sensors detect the presence of the human body over a distance and can be unobtrusively applied in order to enable hidden gesture-based interfaces that work without touch. In this paper we present a concept for a gesture controlled automated door based on this sensor technology. We introduce the underlying technology and present the concept and electronic components used in detail. Novel interaction patterns and data processing methods allow to open, close, lock and unlock the door using simple gestures. A prototype device has been created and evaluated in a user study.