DragIt - Web 2.0 User Interface for Digital Media Control

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A new breed of user interface, based on Web 2.0 concepts, lets the user intuitively control their digital media.

With DragIt the user can control a home entertainment system remotely from a Web browser (Internet Explorer), by clicking, dragging and dropping icons. For example, dragging a picture icon onto a TV icon will show that picture on the screen. Or dragging a song will start playing it. If run on a tablet PC, the user can control their home entertainment system with the tip of their stylus.

DragIt makes your Web browser a convenient controller for your UPnP Media Server and Media Renderer devices. It is a thin Web client based on the Universal Control Hub architecture. Javascript code is embedded within HTML code, and provides the ability to interact with the web page as if it was a local application. Often, these Web pages are referred to as "Rich Internet Applications" or "Web 2.0".

DragIt screen shot

Screen shot of DragIt (description of figure). The user can point and drag to browse the media server, and have songs, pictures and videos played on their home entertainment system.

Currently, the following features are implemented:

Quick Facts


Demo Video

A video clip on DragIt is available on YouTube, showing a demonstration of DragIt. Note that the video is based on version 3.2 of DragIt (as demonstrated at CES 2007).


The creation of the underlying software was funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), US Department of Education under grants H133E980008, and H133E990006; the National Science Foundation (NSF) via the Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI); and gifts from Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.

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Last update: Gottfried Zimmermann, Parikshit Thakur & team, 2013-04-08