Tangible interactive microbiology for informal science education

Seung Ah Lee, Alice M. Chung, Nate Cira, Ingmar H. Riedel-Kruse

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Abstract

We present an interactive platform that enables human users to interface with microbiological living cells through a touch-screen, thereby generating a tangible interactive experience with the microscopic world that is hidden to most people. Euglena gracilis, single-celled phototactic microorganisms, are imaged and optically stimulated via a microscope setup equipped with a projector and a touchscreen display. Users can directly interact with these organisms by drawing patterns onto the screen, which displays the real-time magnified view of the microfluidic chamber with the motile euglena cells. The drawings are directly projected onto the chamber, thereby influencing the swimming motion of the cells. We discuss the architecture of the system and provide exploratory user testing results in a facilitated setting, which shows engaging nature of our system for children and the general public. In conclusion, our tangible interactive microscope allows artistic expression and scientific exploration with the ease of "child's play".

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI 2015 - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages273-280
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333054
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 15
Event9th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2015 - Stanford, United States
Duration: 2015 Jan 152015 Jan 19

Publication series

NameTEI 2015 - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction

Other

Other9th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2015
CountryUnited States
CityStanford
Period15/1/1515/1/19

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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Lee, S. A., Chung, A. M., Cira, N., & Riedel-Kruse, I. H. (2015). Tangible interactive microbiology for informal science education. In TEI 2015 - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (pp. 273-280). (TEI 2015 - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2677199.2680561