Floating Charts: Data Plotting using Free-Floating Acoustically Levitated Representations

Themis Omirou, Asier Marzo, Sriram Subramanian, Anne Roudaut

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Charts are graphical representations of numbers that help us to extract trends, relations and in general to have a better understanding of data. For this reason, multiple systems have been developed to display charts in a digital or physical manner. Here, we introduce Floating Charts, a modular display that utilizes acoustic levitation for positioning free-floating objects. Multiple objects are individually levitated to compose a dynamic floating chart with the ability to move in real time to reflect changes in data. Floating objects can have different sizes and colours to represent extra information. Additionally, they can be levitated across other physical structures to improve depth perception. We present the system design, a technical evaluation and a catalogue of chart variations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (3DUI 2016)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of a meeting held 19-20 March 2016, Greenville, SC, USA
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781509008421
ISBN (Print)9781509008438
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
Event2016 IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (3DUI) - Greenville, SC, United States
Duration: 19 Mar 201620 Mar 2016


Conference2016 IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces (3DUI)
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityGreenville, SC


  • Acoustic Levitation
  • Charts
  • Physical visualizations


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