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Towards Using Embedded Magnetic Field Sensor for Around Mobile Device 3D Interaction
Citation key ketabdar2010k
Author Ketabdar, Hamed and Yuksel, Kamer Ali and Roshandel, Mehran
Title of Book The Twelfth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
Pages 153–156
Year 2010
ISBN 978-1-60558-835-3
DOI 10.1145/1851600.1851626
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Month sep
Publisher ACM New York, NY, USA textcopyright2010
How Published full
Abstract We present a new technique based on using embedded compass (magnetic) sensor for efficient use of 3D space around a mobile device for interaction with the device. Around Device Interaction (ADI) enables extending interaction space of small mobile and tangible devices beyond their physical boundary. Our proposed method is based on using compass (magnetic field) sensor integrated in new mobile devices (e.g. iPhone 3GS, G1/2 Android). In this method, a properly shaped permanent magnet (e.g. a rod, pen or a ring) is used for interaction. The user makes coarse gestures in 3D space around the device using the magnet. Movement of the magnet affects magnetic field sensed by the compass sensor integrated in the device. The temporal pattern of the gesture is then used as a basis for sending different interaction commands to the mobile device. The proposed method does not impose changes in hardware and physical specifications of the mobile device, and unlike optical methods is not limited by occlusion problems. Therefore, it allows for efficient use of 3D space around device, including back of device. Zooming, turning pages, accepting/rejecting calls, clicking items, controlling a music player, and mobile game interaction are some example use cases. Initial evaluation of our algorithm using a prototype application developed for iPhone shows convincing gesture classification results.
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