Surface constellations applications: Use cases of ad-hoc reconfigurable cross-device workspaces

in Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, Conference paper (text)

Abstract

© 2018 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). SurfaceConstellations is a modular hardware platform that allows users to easily create their own novel cross-device environments by assembling multiple mobile surfaces with 3D printed link modules. Our platform combines the advantages of multi-monitor workspaces and multi-surface environments with the flexibility and extensibility of more recent cross-device setups. The platform includes a comprehensive library of 3D-printed link modules to connect and arrange tablets into new workspaces, several strategies for creating new setups, and a web-based visual configuration tool for creating new setups and automatically generating link modules. We will demonstrate different use-case applications across the design space of reconfigurable cross-device workspaces and the configuration tool.