TUImod explosion graphics.

TUImod explosion graphics.

2008 by [intlink id=”2″ type=”page”]Till Bovermann[/intlink], Risto Koiva, Thomas Hermann, and Helge Ritter.

Tangible Interfaces add digital functionality to arbitrary physical objects. Many applications in this field rely on physical objects of various shapes that have to be recognised by a computer system to add algorithmic functionality. TUImod is a modular system of basic elements generated by rapid-prototyping techniques. Its modules can be combined in various ways into human distinguishable and computer trackable physical objects with specific physical properties.

TUImod supports fast prototyping of Tangible User Interfaces by providing a broad range of modules that can be assembled easily into a variety of objects exhibiting different features. The strength of this system lies in its modular structure, allowing a huge number of object designs. TUImod objects combine the following three element types:

TUImod – Overview

TUImod – Overview

  • UI – User Interface Elements determine the object’s identity in the user’s view;
  • PF – Physical Functionality Elements add physical functionality to the object;
  • CI – Computer Interface Elements determine the object’s identity, position and orientation for the computer.

Additional Material

  • Original Publication (pdf)
  • PhD Thesis pp. 169–172 ([intlink id=”102″ type=”page”]Publications page with link to PhD Thesis[/intlink])
  • Videos – see below

People involved in the Production Process

TUImod – Hand

TUImod – Hand.

  • Risto Koiva, Till Bovermann, Sebastian Zehe, Eckard Riedenklau.



	Author = {Bovermann, T. and Koiva, R. and Hermann, T. and Ritter, H.},
	Booktitle = {Proceedings of the 2008 Conference on Pervasive Computing},
	Title = {{TUImod}: Modular Objects for Tangible User Interfaces},
	Year = {2008}}