While software often allows user customization, most physical devices remain mainly static. We introduce VersaPen, an adaptable, multimodal, hot-pluggable pen for expanding input capabilities. Users can create their own pens by stacking different input/output modules that define both the look and feel of the customized device.

VersaPen offers multiple advantages. Allowing in-place interaction, it reduces hand movements and avoids cluttering the interface with menus and palettes. It also enriches interaction by providing multimodal capabilities, as well as a mean to encapsulate virtual data into physical modules which can be shared by users to foster collaboration. We present various applications to demonstrate how VersaPen enables new interaction techniques.

Publications

Exploring Multimodal Interactions with a Programmable Modular Pen Marc Teyssier, Gilles Bailly, Éric Lecolinet CHI EA '17 Demo Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems; Read ↵

VersaPen: An Adaptable, Modular and Multimodal I/O Pen Marc Teyssier, Gilles Bailly, Éric Lecolinet CHI EA '17 Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems; Read ↵