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Sliding Widgets, States, and Styles in Prefab

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Published on Feb 19, 2014

Imagine if every interface was open source. Any of us could modify the software we use every day. Unfortunately, we don't have the source.

Prefab realizes this vision using only the pixels of everyday interfaces. This video shows how we advanced the capabilities of Prefab to model widget states and styles. We use Prefab to explore Moscovich et al.'s Sliding Widgets in real-world interfaces. Specifically, we overlay Sliding Widgets throughout Microsoft Windows 8, replacing the existing widgets to improve interaction with hybrid touch-and-mouse devices. These devices, like the Microsoft Surface and the Lenovo Yoga, include a touchscreen and a trackpad, but they're awkward to use. This work lets any developer, even outside of Microsoft, improve these devices without too much work.

Presented by Morgan Dixon, Gierad Laput, and James Fogarty at CHI 2014.

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