Tangible Microscope with Intuitive Stage Control Interface

Abstract : Control interfaces of microscope stage have been conservative because they historically precede compact mechanisms which can be used in dark rooms with the sense of fingertips. However, there is a trend of expanding frontier in microscope interaction. New kinds of interactions for microscope are proposed and the freedom of stage control increases by hexapod micropositioning. We propose a tangible microscope which has an intuitive stage control interface. The interface combines a tablet device and a hexapod stage. Because a stage is a plane, we virtually assume a stage is on one’s palm. It is very intuitive that the stage moves in the same manner of palm’s move. As a proof-of-concept, we constructed a prototype by regarding a tablet as a palm. We haven’t any quantitative evaluation yet, but it is expected that the concept of tangible microscope brings a new sense of stage control to users.
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Tomomi Takashina, Hitoshi Kawai, Yuji Kokumai. Tangible Microscope with Intuitive Stage Control Interface. 15th Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT), Sep 2015, Bamberg, Germany. pp.603-606, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-22723-8_71⟩. ⟨hal-01610803⟩

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