Design UI Project

CRISTAL: Control of Remotely Interfaced Systems using Touch-based Actions in Living spaces


CRISTAL (Control of Remotely Interfaced Systems using Touch-based Actions in Living spaces) is a research project in user interface that attempts to create a natural way of connecting with devices. The system offers a streaming video view of the living room on a tabletop, so users can walk up to it, see the layout of the room and interact with the TV or the photo frame.

The amount of digital appliances and media found in domestic environments has risen drastically over the last decade, for example, digital TVs, DVD and Blu-ray players, digital picture frames, digital gaming systems, electronically moveable window blinds, and robotic vacuum cleaners. As these devices become more compatible to Internet and wireless networking (e.g. Internet-ready TVs, streaming digital picture frames, and WiFi gaming systems, such as Nintendo's Wii and Sony's Playstation) and as networking and WiFi home infrastructures become more prevalent, new opportunities arise for developing centralized control of these myriad devices and media into so called "Universal remote controls". However, many remote controls lack intuitive interfaces for mapping control functions to the device intended being controlled. This often results in trial and error button pressing, or experimentation with graphical user interface (GUI) controls, before a user achieves their intended action.

The CRISTAL project is a research endeavor that Upper Austria University of Applied Science and the Media Interaction lab. initiate. Our project group is taking charge of the part of the real world control. Concretely, the system enabled the control of the domestic cleaning robot by applying the Sketch and Run interface to CRISTAL.


Thomas Seifried, Michael Haller, Stacey Scott, Florian Perteneder, Christian Rendl, Daisuke Sakamoto, and Masahiko Inami, CRISTAL: Design and Implementation of a Remote Control System Based on a Multi-touch Display, The ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2009 (ITS2009, Tabletop2009), pp. 37-44, November 2009, Banff, Canada.

Thomas Seifried, Christian Rendl, Florian Perteneder, Jakob Leitner, Michael Haller, Daisuke Sakamoto, Jun Kato, Masahiko Inami, and Stacey D. Scott, CRISTAL: Control of Remotely Interfaced Systems using Touch-based Actions in Living spaces.
In ACM SIGGRAPH 2009 Emerging Technologies (New Orleans, Louisiana, August 03 - 07, 2009). SIGGRAPH '09. ACM, New York, NY, 1-1. DOI= PDF
"Best of Emerging Technologies Award" was won from SIGGRAPH 2009, and
"Grand Prix du Jury" was won from Laval Virtual 2010.


CEATEC JAPAN 2009 ,Oct.6-10, 2009, Makuhari Messe.


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