Towards natural interfaces to interact with physical systems using smart mobile devices

Jared Alan Frank, Vikram Kapila

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As machines in most industries continue to grow in complexity, user interfaces play an increasingly important role in allowing operators to naturally interact with such machines. In this paper, we present a versatile approach that can enable operators to interact with a variety of machines using smart mobile devices. A low-cost, embedded system-based setup and an easy-to-implement communication method to wirelessly interface smart mobile devices with physical systems are presented. An application development and evaluation approach is adapted from human-computer interaction research and employed to investigate the functionality and usability of mobile-mediated interactions with physical systems. The approach is applied to the design of a mobile application to interact with a DC servomotor test bed using an ¡Phone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIECON Proceedings (Industrial Electronics Conference)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781479940325
StatePublished - Feb 24 2014

Publication series

NameIECON Proceedings (Industrial Electronics Conference)


  • IOS
  • IPhone
  • Interaction
  • Mobile
  • Smart device
  • Smartphone
  • Teleoperation
  • User interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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