Design and Applications of a Beer Mat for Pub Interaction

Andreas Butz, Michael Schmitz

In: In Extended Proceedings of The Seventh International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing. International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp) September 11-14 Tokyo Japan 9/2005.


We describe the design of an interactive beer mat for the support of entertainment activities in pubs. The mat uses a gravity sensor to sense motion and orientation in space and a pressure sensor to sense the weight resting on it. Care was also taken to preserve its original functions, such as absorbing superfluous liquids and providing advertising space. We present a number of activities supported by the mat and show how it can improve the profit of the pub and the mood of the crowd simultaneously.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence