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DeskPiles

DeskPiles is a prototype developed as part of the MSR research in distributed information management and collaborative work within a multi-device environment. The DeskPiles prototype enables collaborative arrangement and annotation of digital resources by creating a multi-user and multi-device interactive space. For collocated collaboration, we integrated MS Surface, wall displays, desktop PCs, and tablet PCs.

DeskPiles is a result of the collaborative effort between the Integrated Systems team at Microsoft Research Cambridge, HCI Group at the University of Konstanz, and NanoPhotonics Centre at the University of Cambridge, UK. It was initiated in 2009 through the MSR External Research project 'Beneath the Surface'. It builds on the user research conducted at the NanoPhotonics Centre and the ZOIL framework developed at University of Konstanz. The DeskPiles prototype was developed to support research into existing practices and co-design of new concepts that facilitate knowledge consolidation and sharing in collaborative scenarios.

Figure 1. Content annotation and transfer across the Tablet PC, MS Surface and vertical display.

Figure 2. DeksPiles prototype enables cross-linking of resources and creation of notes to capture and convey the insights.  

   

Figure 3. MS Surface is equpped with a grid display where each grid cell can contain collections of digital items. 

            Figure 4. Integration of Surface with the work environment.  

Team

Microsoft Research

 

 

 

Natasa

Milic-Frayling

Gerard

Oleksik

Rachel

Jones

  

External Collaborators

 Hans-Christian

Jetter

University of Konstanz

Jens

Gerkin

University of Konstanz

Harald

Rieterer

University of Konstanz

Jeremy

Baumberg

University of Cambridge

HCI Group, University of Konstanz, led by Harald Reiterer, developed a ZOIL plaform for representing and managing a shared information space. The use of ZOIL is demonstrated through the Media Room (video).

                Figure 5. Media Room at the University of Konstanz

The multi-device environment is enhanced by Squiddy, a metalayer for connecting input and output devices. Squiddy uses a graphical programming interface to facilitate device integration. Video of ZOIL and Squiddy.