TangiBoard: a toolkit to reduce the implementation burden of tangible user interfaces in education

Attard, Geoffrey, De Raffaele, Clifford ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7081-702X and Smith, Serengul ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0777-5637 (2019) TangiBoard: a toolkit to reduce the implementation burden of tangible user interfaces in education. 2019 IEEE 13th International Conference on Application of Information and Communication Technologies (AICT). In: The 13th IEEE International Conference Application of Information and Communication Technologies (AICT 2019), 23-25 Oct 2019, Baku, Azerbaijan. e-ISBN 9781728139029, pbk-ISBN 9781728139036. ISSN 2378-8232 [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.1109/AICT47866.2019.8981773)

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The use of Tangible User Interfaces (TUI) as an educational technology has gained sustained interest over the years with common agreement on its innate ability to engage and intrigue students in active-learning pedagogies. Whilst encouraging results have been obtained in research, the widespread adoption of TUI architectures is still hindered by a myriad of implementation burdens imposed by current toolkits. To this end, this paper presents an innovative TUI toolkit: TangiBoard, which enables the deployment of an interactive TUI system using low-cost, and presently available educational technology. Apart from curtailing setup costs and technical expertise required for adopting TUI systems, the toolkit provides an application framework to facilitate system calibration and development integration with GUI applications. This is enabled by a robust computer vision application that tracks a contributed passive marker set providing a range of tangible interactions to TUI frameworks. The effectiveness of this toolkit was evaluated by computer systems developers with respect to alternate toolkits for TUI design. Open-source versions of the TangiBoard toolkit together with marker sets are provided online through research license

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords (uncontrolled): educational technology, graphical user interfaces, tangible interactions, TUI frameworks, TUI design, TangiBoard toolkit, tangible user interfaces, active-learning pedagogies, TUI architectures, innovative TUI toolkit, interactive TUI system, educational technology, TUI systems, system calibration, GUI applications, robust computer vision application,Tangible User Interface, TUI toolkit, computer aided instruction, Higher Education
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 27642
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Depositing User: Clifford De Raffaele
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2019 14:29
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 18:48
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27642

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