Tabletop Computing

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Team Members

Jamie Beyer

Michelle Williams-Davis


Fahad Al-Emam




Encompasing problem is the lack of up to date, useful technology in the hospital.

1. Lack of portable information - Doctors still use paper charts even when using digital EMRs. This has no multiple user capability and charts are often lost. There are still areas where handwriting can create errors.

2. In many hospitals there is not enough, and inaccessable patient/family education on diagnoses, treatments, and medication. It is proven that education leads to better outcomes in healthcare.

3. There is a lack of timeless, safe, and engaging distractions for children in the hospital.


Overall solution proposes surface computing as a means of media sharing, education, and entertainment in the hospital setting.

1. Solution: device collaboration Details: Bluetooth technology Data connectivity Bio-metric log-ins

2. Solution: Digital education materials Details: Video demonstrations Drug information Transferable to portable devices

3. Solution: interactive games, coloring, and tutoring with Details: Multiple users Surface with infection control Dynamic games Tutoring and homework help


  • We are a solution looking for a problem
  • We don't have any architecture background in our group


  • How do we code for the TTT
  • Are we able to get a Surface computer? How much would it cost?
  • What happens if we don't hear back from Microsoft?
  • Which applications are feasible to create in one month?
  • What additional uses can the surface computer be used for in healthcare?

- patient room

- pharmacy

- radiology

- surgery

- waiting room

- Primary care setting

- Telemedicine

  • Where can we get the medical information for patient education?
  • What technologies will it be capable of "talking" to?
  • What other companies have something similar to Surface?

Planning and Design

1. Microsoft Surface Computer

  • Option 1A: Obtain a Microsoft Surface computer and create applications for it
  • Option 1B: Create a Microsoft Surface capable applications and demonstrate on a regular computer

2. TTT group collaboration:

  • Collaborate with TTT group that has created their own “surface-like” interactive computer
  • Use TUIO: Tangible User Interface and Reactivision, Open source software
  • Create applications for TTT

So they weren't interested in our budget. Dr. Zimmering is more interested in us getting started, and getting the costs and plan for what we need to move the machine over here. He is also pushing us to force the TTT group to work with us. They haven't responded and we can't really do this without them. Dr. Zimmering said he's expecting a lot of us and he'll be really upset if we don't make something that really produces value. He wants us to really talk to the nurses and go to hughes spaulding to find areas that the touch screen will add value over another technology. Specifically the multi touch aspect, the media communication aspect etc. We can still do the painting thing b/c ellen likes that. We also need to show why it should be a table and not on the wall. (putting stuff on it that is recognized) Maybe we can have and education thing in the exam room where the doctor puts the stethoscope on it and there is a tutorial about what a stethoscope is or something. We can go back to the medication recognition idea b/c david likes that. and a big thing is also the media to media interaction (we can use davids medical electronic tablet) and put those recognition pictures on the bottom. So next steps are the following:

1. GET THE TTT GROUP TO WORK WITH US!!! (this may sound strange but we may need a written agreement so we don't get fcked over)

2. Plan and budget the moving of the equipment

3. Decide the scenarios that the table can add the most value as a surface

4. Break down of work steps in developing our applications


From Site Visits:

  • No library of education materials
  • Lack of timeless patient distractions
  • Only verbal diagnosis and treatment descriptions
  • Difficulty locating charts
  • Inability for multiple people to use a chart at once

1. Get Well Network

2. Microsoft Surface in Healthcare

3. Surface Blog

4. Digitizing Paper Medical Records

5. Medical Uses of the iPhone

6. Medical uses of iPhone - YouTube

7. More Medical uses of the iPhone

8 A Computer-Vision Framework for Table-Based Tangible Interaction

9. Introduction for 1st time users