Media Technology MSc

MSc Thesis


A Tangible User Interface for Exploring Microscopic Visualizations


Peter Curet




Acquisition using current microscopy techniques allows us to explore the inner three-dimensional structures of minuscule biological phenomena. The goal of this research is to suggest a more accessible way of exploring these three-dimensional volumes by creating a tactile and engaging experience for users. A tangible user interface was designed for viewing and navigating through 3D bio-images. The interface is a spatially aware display whose position and orientation directly relate to a digital optical slice within a 3D volume, seemingly serving as a navigational device as well as the view-port into a specimen. Several interaction modes were developed for the interface. Subsequently the usability and the experience offered by these interaction modes were evaluated in a user-study. Results from the evaluation show the interface was intuitive and could aid in remembering locations of specifc points due to the spatial nature of the interactions.

Full Reference

Peter Curet, "A Tangible User Interface for Exploring Microscopic Visualizations", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2012