The Augmented Dorfladen -- Interacting with Real and Virtual Products in Instrumented Shelves

Michael Schmitz; Elena Minina; Homeira Quraischy
In: Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Intelligent Environments. International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE-2009), 5th, July 20-21, Barcelona, Spain, Pages 57-64, IOS Press, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2009.


This work describes a multimodal product information and comparison system designed for a rural corner store (the so called Dorfladen). Such a Dorfladen only provides a limited assortment, which we extend with virtual items on embedded displays, allowing customers to inspect and select unavailable products along their real world shopping activities for later ordering. We present the design and implementation of the system prototype and discuss the main results of a formal user study evaluating the user interface, which combines tangible interaction and natural language dialogues to interact with real and virtual products in one instrumented space.



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