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ActuBoard: An Open Rapid Prototyping Platform to Integrate Hardware Actuators in Remote Applications

Günther, Sebastian ; Müller, Florian ; Hübner, Felix ; Mühlhäuser, Max ; Matviienko, Andrii (2021):
ActuBoard: An Open Rapid Prototyping Platform to Integrate Hardware Actuators in Remote Applications.
In: EICS'21 Companion: Companion of the 2021 ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems, pp. 70-76,
ACM, 13th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems, virtual Conference, 08.-11.06.2021, ISBN 978-1-4503-8449-0,
DOI: 10.1145/3459926.3464757,
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Abstract

Prototyping is an essential step in developing tangible experiences and novel devices, ranging from haptic feedback to wearables. However, prototyping of actuated devices nowadays often requires repetitive and time-consuming steps, such as wiring, soldering, and programming basic communication, before HCI researchers and designers can focus on their primary interest: designing interaction. In this paper, we present ActuBoard, a prototyping platform to support 1) quick assembly, 2) less preparation work, and 3) the inclusion of non-tech-savvy users. With ActuBoard, users are not required to create complex circuitry, write a single line of firmware, or implementing communication protocols. Acknowledging existing systems, our platform combines the flexibility of low-level microcontrollers and ease-of-use of abstracted tinker platforms to control actuators from separate applications. As further contribution, we highlight the technical specifications and published the ActuBoard platform as Open Source.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2021
Creators: Günther, Sebastian ; Müller, Florian ; Hübner, Felix ; Mühlhäuser, Max ; Matviienko, Andrii
Title: ActuBoard: An Open Rapid Prototyping Platform to Integrate Hardware Actuators in Remote Applications
Language: English
Abstract:

Prototyping is an essential step in developing tangible experiences and novel devices, ranging from haptic feedback to wearables. However, prototyping of actuated devices nowadays often requires repetitive and time-consuming steps, such as wiring, soldering, and programming basic communication, before HCI researchers and designers can focus on their primary interest: designing interaction. In this paper, we present ActuBoard, a prototyping platform to support 1) quick assembly, 2) less preparation work, and 3) the inclusion of non-tech-savvy users. With ActuBoard, users are not required to create complex circuitry, write a single line of firmware, or implementing communication protocols. Acknowledging existing systems, our platform combines the flexibility of low-level microcontrollers and ease-of-use of abstracted tinker platforms to control actuators from separate applications. As further contribution, we highlight the technical specifications and published the ActuBoard platform as Open Source.

Title of Book: EICS'21 Companion: Companion of the 2021 ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems
Publisher: ACM
ISBN: 978-1-4503-8449-0
Uncontrolled Keywords: hardware, tinkering, actuators, haptics, rapid prototyping, open source, virtual reality
Divisions: 20 Department of Computer Science
20 Department of Computer Science > Telecooperation
Event Title: 13th ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems
Event Location: virtual Conference
Event Dates: 08.-11.06.2021
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2021 07:13
DOI: 10.1145/3459926.3464757
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