Thoughts on Interaction Modalities for Interactive Mirrors

Tuesday, 3 May, 2016 § Leave a comment

I’ve been contemplating for a while now on getting an interactive mirror for myself; till now i haven’t found the right one with the features and specifics i want. This has led me to potentially design an interactive mirror for myself that i hope to create this summer or when i have some free time. On that note; below are some interaction modalities that i considered and pros and cons associated to each.

Touch(multi-touch) – Touch is an important method of interaction as it allows for physical tactility of interactive objects. Furthermore users have become accustomed to interacting with digital object with touch.

However i see a couple of issues with touch interaction.

  1.  Mirrors are notorious for getting finger prints and oils on them cleaning them regularly can potentially be a problem.
  2. Touch interaction adds breaks to your morning routine you physically have to touch a button or open an app etc.

This is not to say touch interaction shouldn’t be present, it should and it’s a must for reasons i’ve outlined above. But what i mean is that touch interaction shouldn’t be the primarily interaction method. « Read the rest of this entry »

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LED Sensing ~ BI-Directional LEDs Part – I

Sunday, 3 May, 2009 § Leave a comment

In my quest to find other methods of input detection for multi-touch and multi-modal hardware i came across another technique made famous by Jeff Han it is the use of LED s as bi-directional sensors. This technique is in no means new, it know fact that LED s can behave in such a way that, they act as sensors, when they are reverse biased. The theory behind how this all works is explained below.

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