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ISRN Machine Vision
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 252406, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/252406
Research Article

LoCoBoard: Low-Cost Interactive Whiteboard Using Computer Vision Algorithms

1ISUS Group, FCT, University Fernando Pessoa, Porto, Portugal
2INESC TEC, FEUP, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Received 13 December 2012; Accepted 10 January 2013

Academic Editors: M. A. Rahman and T. Zhang

Copyright © 2013 Christophe Soares et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In the current digital age, the adoption of natural interfaces between humans and machines is increasingly important. This trend is particularly significant in the education sector where interactive tools and applications can ease the presentation and comprehension of complex concepts, stimulate collaborative work, and improve teaching practices. An important step towards this vision, interactive whiteboards are gaining widespread adoption in various levels of education. Nevertheless, these solutions are usually expensive, making their acceptance slow, especially in countries with more fragile economies. In this context, we present the low-cost interactive whiteboard (LoCoBoard) project, an open-source interactive whiteboard with low-cost hardware requirements, usually accessible in our daily lives, for an easy installation: a webcam-equipped computer, a video projector, and an infrared pointing device. The detection software framework offers five different Pointer Location algorithms with support for the Tangible User Interface Object protocol and also adapts to support multiple operating systems. We discuss the detailed physical and logical structure of LoCoBoard and compare its performance with that of similar systems. We believe that the proposed solution may represent a valuable contribution to ease the access to interactive whiteboards and increase widespread use with obvious benefits.