EarPut: Augmenting Ear-worn Devices for Ear-based Interaction

One of the pervasive challenges in mobile interaction is decreasing the visual demand of interfaces towards eyes-free interaction. In this paper, we focus on the unique affordances of the human ear to support one-handed and eyes-free mobile interaction. We present EarPut, a novel interface concept and hardware prototype, which unobtrusively augments a variety of accessories that are worn behind the ear (e.g. headsets or glasses) to instrument the human ear as an interactive surface. The contribution of this paper is three-fold. We contribute (i) results from a controlled experiment with 27 participants, providing empirical evidence that people are able to target salient regions on their ear effectively and precisely, (ii) a first, systematically derived design space for ear-based interaction and (iii) a set of proof of concept EarPut applications that leverage on the design space and embrace mobile media navigation, mobile gaming and smart home interaction.






Roman Lissermann, Jochen Huber, Aristotelis Hadjakos, Suranga Nanayakkara and Max Mühlhäuser. EarPut: Augmenting Ear-worn Devices for Ear-based Interaction. In Proc. OzCHI 2014.

Roman Lissermann, Fawaz Malik, Rene Hertling and Max Mühlhäuser. EarPut: Augmenting Behind-the-Ear Devices for Mobile Interaction. In CHI 2014 workshop on Assistive Augmentation. 

Roman Lissermann, Jochen Huber, Aristotelis Hadjakos, and Max Mühlhäuser. EarPut: augmenting behind-the-ear devices for ear-based interaction. In CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1323-1328.


Dr. Roman Lissermann

Dr. Jochen Huber

Prof. Dr. Aristotelis Hadjakos

Prof. Suranga Nanayakkara, PhD

Max Mühlhäuser


Martin Schmitz

Eric Brüggemann

Marcel Dostal

Mohit Makhija

Ilja Schwarz


Two Full Papers Accepted at CHI 2018

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Full Paper Accepted at CHI 2017

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Hessian Minister for Science tested new version of TK's Smart Table, Permulin

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Three Posters Accepted at CHI 2016

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Paper Accepted at UIST 2015

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TK Receives Surface Hub Award from Microsoft Research

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