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Zooids: Building Blocks for Swarm User Interfaces

Abstract : This paper introduces swarm user interfaces, a new class of human-computer interfaces comprised of many autonomous robots that handle both display and interaction. We describe the design of Zooids, an open-source open-hardware platform for developing tabletop swarm interfaces. The platform consists of a collection of custom-designed wheeled micro robots each 2.6 cm in diameter, a radio base-station, a high-speed DLP structured light projector for optical tracking, and a software framework for application development and control. We illustrate the potential of tabletop swarm user interfaces through a set of application scenarios developed with Zooids, and discuss general design considerations unique to swarm user interfaces.
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Mathieu Le Goc, Lawrence Kim, Ali Parsaei, Jean-Daniel Fekete, Pierre Dragicevic, et al.. Zooids: Building Blocks for Swarm User Interfaces. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST), Oct 2016, Tokyo, Japan. ⟨10.1145/2984511.2984547⟩. ⟨hal-01391281⟩



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