TR2004-005

DiamondSpin: An Extensible Toolkit for Around-the-Table Interaction


    •  Shen, C.; Vernier, F.D.; Forlines, C.; Ringel, M., "DiamondSpin: An Extensible Toolkit for Around-the-Table Interaction", ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), ISBN: 1-58113-702-8, April 2004, pp. 167-174.
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      • @inproceedings{Shen2004apr,
      • author = {Shen, C. and Vernier, F.D. and Forlines, C. and Ringel, M.},
      • title = {DiamondSpin: An Extensible Toolkit for Around-the-Table Interaction},
      • booktitle = {ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)},
      • year = 2004,
      • pages = {167--174},
      • month = apr,
      • isbn = {1-58113-702-8},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2004-005}
      • }
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    Data Analytics


DiamondSpin is a toolkit for the efficient prototyping of and experimentation with multi-person, concurrent intefaces for interactive shared displays. In this paper, we identify the fundamental functionality that tabletop user interfaces should embody, then present the toolkit's architecture and API. DiamondSpin provides a novel real-time polar to Cartesian transformation engine that has enabled new, around-the-talbe interaction metaphors to be implemented. DiamondSpin allows arbitrary document positioning and orientation on a tabletop surface. Polygonal tabletop layouts such as rectangular, octagonal, and circular tabletops can easily be constructed. DiamondSpin also supports multiple work areas within the same digital tabletop. Multi-user operations are offered through multi-threaded input event streams, multiple active objects, and multiple concurrent menus. We also discuss insights on tabletop interaction issues we have observed from a set of applications built with DiamondSpin