FlexiKnobs: Bridging the Gap Between Mouse Interaction and Hardware Controllers

Kristian Gohlke (University of Applied Sciences Bremen)
Michael Hlatky (University of Applied Sciences Bremen)
Sebastian Heise (University of Applied Sciences Bremen)
Joern Loviscach (Fachhochschule Bielefeld - University of Applied Sciences)


Parameters in audio or video editing applications can mostly be controlled by a variety of hardware devices such as MIDI controllers. However, these controllers usually feature only a limited number of physical knobs arranged in a fixed layout. The hundreds of parameters offered by typical editing software across dozens of windows with distinct arrangements of on-screen controls are hard to map to such a fixed physical interface. To improve this, we have built a set of wireless mice enhanced with rotary knob controllers, trying to integrate the flexibility and transparency of mouse interaction with the benefits of physical controllers. Custom driver software enables the simultaneous use of multiple knobs with a large variety of unmodified standard software.

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Kristian Gohlke, Michael Hlatky, Sebastian Heise, Joern Loviscach



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