Tangible Active Objects

In this project a novel Human Computer Interaction (HCI) approach will be developed. Small-sized reconfigurable robots, so called Tangible Active Objects (TAOs) with multi-modal input and output capabilities will act as an embodiment of data.

Thereby existing Tangible User Interfaces (TUIs) can be extended with active feedback capabilities or even completely new aplications can be developed, e.g. in the field of assistive systems.




Dipl. Inform. Eckard Riedenklau, Dr. Thomas Hermann, Prof. Dr. Helge Ritter












  • Riedenklau E, Hermann T, Ritter H. An integrated multi-modal actuated tangible user interface for distributed collaborative planning. In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction. ACM; 2012: 169–174.
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  • Riedenklau E, Hermann T, Ritter H. Begreifbare sich bewegende Objekte in Tisch-basierten Interaktionsszenarien. i-com. 2012;11(2):20–25.
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  • Riedenklau E, Petker D, Hermann T, Ritter H. Embodied Social Networking with Gesture-enabled Tangible Active Objects. In: Werner F, Sitte J, Rückert U, eds. Proceedings of AMiRE 2011. Heidelberg: Springer; 2011.
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  • Riedenklau E, Hermann T, Ritter H. Saving and Restoring Mechanisms for Tangible User Interfaces through Tangible Active Objects. In: Jacko JA, ed. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6762. Vol 6762. Heidelberg: Springer; 2011: 110–118.
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  • Riedenklau E, Hermann T, Ritter H. Tangible Active Objects and Interactive Sonification as a Scatter Plot Alternative for the Visually Impaired. In: Brazil E, ed. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Auditory Display. International Community for Auditory Display; 2010: 1–7.
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  • Riedenklau E. Diplomarbeit: TAOs - Tangible Active Objects for Table-top Interaction. Bielefeld, Germany: Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University; 2009.
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  • Dawin JR, Hartwig D, Kudenko A, Riedenklau E. TRecS: Ein tangibles, rekonfigurierbares System zur explorativen Datenanalyse. Bielefeld, Germany: Faculty of Technology, Bielefeld University; 2008.
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  • Hermann T, Bovermann T, Riedenklau E, Ritter H. Tangible Computing for Interactive Sonification of Multivariate Data. In: Hunt A, Hermann T, eds. Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Interactive Sonification. York, U.K.: Interactive Sonification community; 2007.
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  • Attentive Systems
  • Situated Communication
  • Motion Intelligence
  • Tangible Interaction
  • EDA
  • Auditory Displays
  • Sonification
  • Closed-loop Interaction
  • CSCW