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Pick-and-Drop: A Direct-manipulation Technique for Multiple-Computer Environments

Pick-and-Drop is an extended concept of the commonly used drag-and-drop. With this technique, a user picks up an object on one computer display with a stylus, then drop it on a (possibly different) computer display. For example, a user can select or create a text on one's own PDA and pick-and-drop it at the desired location on the whiteboard. From the implementation point of view, the data is transferred through the network, but from the user-interface point of view, this technique allows a user to pick up digital data as if it were a physical object.

Data Exchange between PDAs

A multi-device UI design: a wall-sized display and a palm-sized palette computer.

Larger images for publications are also avilable.

  • new-worXs.de (in Germany)
  • Digital pen takes on mouse, BBC News
  • High-Tech Shower TV Program Easy Touch. Peter Handfield, NewScientist, 21, nov. 1998.
  • Jun Rekimoto. "A Multiple Device Approach for Supporting Whiteboard-based Interactions", CHI'98, 1998 PDF
  • Jun Rekimoto, "Pick-and-Drop: A Direct Manipulation Technique for Multiple Computer Environments", Proceedings of UIST'97, pp. 31-39, 1997. PDF, HTML (Japanese version also available as a PDF)
  • Digital-whiteboard demo video MPEG (26MBytes!)
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