SpiderEyes: Designing Attention- and Proximity-Aware Collaborative Interfaces for Wall-Sized Displays

Jakub Dostal, Uta Hinrichs, Per Ola Kristensson, Aaron Quigley

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With the proliferation of large multi-faceted datasets, a critical question is how to design collaborative environments, in which this data can be analysed in an efficient and insightful manner. Exploiting people's movements and distance to the data display and to collaborators, proxemic interactions can potentially support such scenarios in a fluid and seamless way, supporting both tightly coupled collaboration as well as parallel explorations. In this paper we introduce the concept of collaborative proxemics: enabling groups of people to collaboratively use attention- and proximity-aware applications. To help designers create such applications we have developed SpiderEyes: a system and toolkit for designing attention- and proximity-aware collaborative interfaces for wall-sized displays. SpiderEyes is based on low-cost technology and allows accurate markerless attention-aware tracking of multiple people interacting in front of a display in real-time. We discuss how this toolkit can be applied to design attention- and proximity-aware collaborative scenarios around large wall-sized displays, and how the information visualisation pipeline can be extended to incorporate proxemic interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM Association for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450321846
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2014
Event19th International conference on Intelligent User Interfaces - Haifa, Israel
Duration: 24 Feb 201427 Feb 2014


Conference19th International conference on Intelligent User Interfaces
Abbreviated titleIUI 2014
Internet address


  • attention-aware user interfaces
  • collaborative proxemics


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