LightCloth: Sensible illuminating optical fiber cloth for creating interactive surfaces

Sunao Hashimoto, Ryohei Suzuki, Youichi Kamiyama, Masahiko Inami, Takeo Igarashi

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Abstract

This paper introduces an input and output device that enables illumination, bi-directional data communication, and position sensing on a soft cloth. This "LightCloth" is woven from diffusive optical fibers. Since the fibers are arranged in parallel, the cloth has one-dimensional position information. Sensor-emitter pairs attached to bundles of contiguous fibers enable bundle-specific light input and output. We developed a prototype system that allows full-color illumination and 8-bit data input by infrared signals. We present as an application a chair with a Light-Cloth cover whose illumination pattern is specified using an infrared light pen. Here we describe the implementation details of the device and discuss possible interactions using the device.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2013
Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives, Conference Proceedings - The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Pages603-606
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 May 27
Event31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Changing Perspectives, CHI 2013 - Paris, France
Duration: 2013 Apr 272013 May 2

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Other

Other31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Changing Perspectives, CHI 2013
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period13/4/2713/5/2

Keywords

  • Diffusive optical fiber
  • Illumination
  • Light communication
  • Position sensing
  • Soft deformable user interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Hashimoto, S., Suzuki, R., Kamiyama, Y., Inami, M., & Igarashi, T. (2013). LightCloth: Sensible illuminating optical fiber cloth for creating interactive surfaces. In CHI 2013: Changing Perspectives, Conference Proceedings - The 31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 603-606). (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1145/2470654.2470739