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.

Michael Haller
Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences (Digital Media)

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

Mark Billinghurst
HITLabNZ, University of Canterbury