Touchbugs- Actuated Tangibles on Multi-Touch Tables

Touchbugs are little wiggly robots which displace themselves on touch tables. It’s a novel approach to graspable interfaces, using actuated physical objects for interacting with surface computing applications. Touchbugs are able to move across surfaces by employing vibrating motors (similar to the ones in a mobile phone) and can communicate with camera based multi-touch surfaces using infrared LEDs. Touchbug’s embedded inertial sensors and computational capabilities open a new interaction space by providing capabilities gesture recognition (like tilting or shaking). The application possibilities are large, spanning for example education, data visualization, gaming.  Check out the video: And here a video of the CHI 2013 demo: