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A 2-Way Laser-Assisted Selection Scheme for Handhelds in a Physical Environment

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-39653-6_16 Conference: UbiComp 2003: Ubiquitous Computing, 5th International Conference, Seattle, WA, USA, October 12-15, 2003, Proceedings
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We present a 2-way selection method to select objects in a physical environment with a novel feedback and transfer of control mechanism. A modulated laser pointer signal sent from a handheld device triggers a photosen- sitive tag placed in the environment. The tag responds via a standard wireless channel directly to the handheld with information regarding an object it repre- sents. We describe a prototype implementation for a Motorola iDEN i95cl cell phone, discuss the interaction challenges and application possibilities for this physical world selection that extends a common handheld device. We also compare this solution to related attempts in the literature.

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