“Soap: A Pointing and Gaming Device for the Living Room and Anywhere Else” by Baudisch, Sinclair and Wilson

  • ©Patrick Baudisch, Michael(Mike) J. Sinclair, and Andrew (Andy) D. Wilson

  • ©Patrick Baudisch, Michael(Mike) J. Sinclair, and Andrew (Andy) D. Wilson

  • ©Patrick Baudisch, Michael(Mike) J. Sinclair, and Andrew (Andy) D. Wilson

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    Soap: A Pointing and Gaming Device for the Living Room and Anywhere Else

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Entry Number: 19


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    Abstract

    Soap is a pointing device based on hardware found in a mouse, yet works in mid-air. Soap consists of an optical sensor device moving freely inside a hull made of fabric. As the user applies pressure from the outside, the optical sensor moves independent from the hull. The optical sensor perceives this relative motion and reports it as position input. Soap offers many of the benefits of optical mice, such as high-accuracy sensing. We describe the design of a soap prototype and report our experiences with four application scenarios, including a wall display, Windows Media Center, slide presentation, and interactive video games.


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Acknowledgements:


    Many people have provided suggestions, materials, access to lab time etc. to this project, in particular Steve Bathiche, Kevin Flick, Hugh McLoone, Ken Hinckley, Jim Crawford, Thamer Abanami, Duane Molitor, Shirlene Lim, and John Lutian. Thanks also to Kim Young for the sketch of a soap mobile audio player used in the video.


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