TR2005-096

DTLens: Multi-user Tabletop Spatial Data Exploration


    •  Forlines, C.; Shen, C., "DTLens: Multi-user Tabletop Spatial Data Exploration", ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST), ISBN: 1-59593-271-2, October 2005, pp. 119-122.
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      • @inproceedings{Forlines2005oct1,
      • author = {Forlines, C. and Shen, C.},
      • title = {DTLens: Multi-user Tabletop Spatial Data Exploration},
      • booktitle = {ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST)},
      • year = 2005,
      • pages = {119--122},
      • month = oct,
      • isbn = {1-59593-271-2},
      • url = {http://www.merl.com/publications/TR2005-096}
      • }
  • Research Area:

    Data Analytics


Supporting groups of individuals exploring large maps and design diagrams on interactive tabletops is till an open research problem. Today's geospatial, mechanical engineering and CAD design applications are mostly single-user, keyboard and mouse-based desktop applications. In this paper, we present the design of and experience with DTLens, a new zoom-in-context, multi-user, two-handed, multi-lens interaction technique that enables group exploration of spatial data with multiple individual lenses on the same direct-touch interactive tabletop. DTLens provides a set of consistent interactions on lens operations, thus minimizes tool switching by users during spatial data exploration.