Software platform distributes mobile user interfaces across multiple devices

July 25, 2019 //By Julien Happich
user interfaces
Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a mobile software platform that allows a mobile application to be executed simultaneously and dynamically across multiple smart devices. The new software platform could open up new app use cases across multiple screens, extending today’s app functionalities and usability.

Short for Flexible User Interface Distribution, the FLUID mobile software platform technology can flexibly distribute the user interfaces (UIs) of an app to a number of other devices in real time without needing any modifications. The proposed technology provides single-device virtualization, and ensures that the interactions between the distributed UI elements across multiple devices remain intact.

This flexible multimodal interaction can be realized in diverse ubiquitous user experiences (UX), such as using live video steaming and chatting apps including YouTube, LiveMe, and AfreecaTV. FLUID can ensure that the video is not obscured by the chat window by distributing and displaying them separately on different devices respectively, which lets users enjoy the chat function while watching the video at the same time.

On a navigation app, the UI for the destination input can be migrated into the passenger’s device with the help of FLUID, so that the destination can be easily and safely entered by the passenger while the driver is at the wheel. FLUID can also support 5G multi-view apps, the latest service that allows sports or games to be viewed from various angles on a single device. The new platform lets users watch the event simultaneously from different viewpoints on multiple devices without switching between viewpoints on a single screen.

A prototype of FLUID was implemented on Android and was able to deliver the enhanced user interface to 20 existing legacy apps.

KAIST - www.kaist.edu
 


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