Paddle Overview: Touch screens have been widely adopted in mobile devices. Although touch input is very flexible in that it can be used for a wide variety of applications on mobile devices, touch screens does not provide physical affordances, encourage eyes-free use or utilize the full dexterity of our hands due to the lack of physical controls. On the other hand, physical controls are often tailored to the task at hand, making them less flexible and therefore less suitable for general purpose use in mobile settings. In this paper, we show how to combine the flexibility of touch screens with the physical qualities that real world controls provide in a mobile context. We do so using a deformable device that can be transformed into various special-purpose physical controls.

References: Raf Ramakers, Johannes Schöning, Kris Luyten. Paddle: Highly Deformable Mobile Devices with Physical Controls. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '14) (to appear).
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