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An Interactive Belt-worn Badge with a Retractable String-based Input Mechanism

Norman Pohl, Steve Hodges, John Helmes, Nic Villar, and Tim Paek

Abstract

In this paper we explore a new type of wearable computing device, an interactive identity badge. An embedded LCD presents dynamic information to the wearer and interaction is facilitated by sensing movement of the retractable string which attaches the unit to the wearer’s belt. This form-factor makes it possible to interact using a single hand, providing lightweight and immediate access to a variety of information when it’s not convenient to pick up, unlock and interact directly with a device like a smartphone. In this paper we present our prototype interactive badge, demonstrate the underlying technology and describe a number of usage scenarios and interaction techniques.

Details

Publication typeInproceedings
Published inIn Proceedings of CHI 2013
PublisherACM Sig CHI 2013
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