Setting Two-dimensional Parameters

Validation level: 5. CHI, UIST, CSCW and TOCHI paper publication

Using the modifier puck to change the effect parameters of an audio track

Copy Bibtex Patten, J.; Recht, B. and Ishii, H. Interaction techniques for musical performance with tabletop tangible interfaces. In Proceedings of the 2006 ACM SIGCHI international conference on Advances in computer entertainment technology, pages 27, 2006.
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Sliding the control puck to change the parameters

When the controlling puck is out of the reaching zone, the line becomes red to signify it

An early method of controlling audio effect parameters in Audiopad using “effect zones” where effect settings corresponded to absolute positions on the table.

Function is controlled either through the movement of one puck, or the relative position of two pucks. Blob is attached to the controlled puck and displays instant feedback. Graphical feedback shows how the setting has changed since the modification started.


The colored area stops following the modifier puck, and remains at the edge of the area of valid input. A red line indicates that the modifier puck has moved past the limit of the parameter setting.