Brynskov, Martin5; Lunding, Rasmus5; Vestergaard, Lasse Steenbock4
1 Center for Digital Urban Living, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 Department of Aesthetics and Communication - Information and Media Studies, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University3 School of Communication and Culture - Information Science, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University4 Aarhus University5 School of Communication and Culture - Information Science, School of Communication and Culture, Arts, Aarhus University
In this paper we motivate, present, and give an initial evaluation of DUL Radio, a small wireless toolkit for sketching sensor-based interaction. In the motivation, we discuss the purpose of this specific platform, which aims to balance ease-of-use (learning, setup, initialization), size, speed, flexibility and cost, aimed at wearable and ultra-mobile prototyping where fast reaction is needed (e.g. in controlling sound), and we discuss the general issues facing this category of embodied interaction design tools. We then present the platform in more detail, both regarding hard- ware and software. In the brief evaluation, we present our initial experiences with the platform both in design projects and in teaching. We conclude that DUL Radio does seem to be a relatively easy-to-use tool for sketching sensor-based interaction compared to other solutions, but that there are many ways to improve it. Target users include designers, students, artists etc. with minimal programming and hardware skills, but this paper adresses the issues with designing the tools, which includes technical details.