The Shared Design Space

A novel interface for enhancing face-to-face collaboration using multiple displays and input surfaces. The system supports natural gestures and paper-pen input and overcomes the limitations of using traditional technology in co-located meetings and brainstorming activities.

Enhanced Life
In combination with future tabletop setups, this technique could enhance life in five main areas: The project combines a number of diverse technologies to create a unique interface, including: Each of these elements is not unique in itself, but this project combines them in a unique way to create a new collaborative interface with the following key features: Goals
The primary goal is to use new technology to seamlessly support enhanced face-to-face collaboration and develop a new (non 2D-based) interface for designers, storyboard experts, and creative people. To achieve this, the project focuses on several subgoals: Innovations
The system features: Vision
This interface allows users to easily explore design options in a creative context through an intuitive interface of real and virtual artist and designer tools. Using computers in a face-to-face meeting can disrupt the creative process because communication cues can not be shared as easily as in natural face-to-face conversation. The Shared Design Space allows people to communicate as they normally would around a table and enhances this communication with intuitive collaborative tools. This work points to a future where computers will be able to naturally support face-to-face meetings and creative design sessions.

Contact
Michael Haller
Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences (Digital Media)
haller@fh-hagenberg.at

Contributors
Daniel Leithinger
Jakob Leitner
Thomas Seifried
Peter Brandl
Juergen Zauner
Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences

Mark Billinghurst
HITLabNZ, University of Canterbury