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Sensetable + Ambient Fixtures

Posted in 0. Tangible Examples on August 29, 2009 by arbales

“Sensetable”, James Patten, Gian Antonio Pangaro, Matt Reynolds, Jason Alonso, Joseph Panganiban, Jim Hines, and Professor Hiroshi Ishii. MIT Tangible Media Group, 2001.

Years before I finished High School I came across a project that really grabbed my eye. This, along with several other projects (and the SIMPLICTY blog) became a major contributing factor to my eventual present: studying design. The Sensetable is essentially a responsive surface that tracks (electromagnetically) the position of several physical widgets. The widgets may be extended with physical controls to further effect the input provided to the system.

The demonstration video illustrates a supply chain management, using the physical controls as anchor/control points for the flow of data in the system. The demonstration uses projection for the display, and does not include facilities for a touch-responsive surface, although the joining of the senstable’s unique inputs with a touch-surface would seem a natural extension of the idea.

“Ambient Fixtures”, Andrew Dahley, Craig Wisneski, and Professor Hiroshi IshiiMIT Tangible Media Group, 1998.

Although this project’s interaction is mostly mono-directional (output-only), it represents an important earlier expression of digital information in a physical manner. It’s also interesting because, of the projects by the Tangible media group, it’s one of the first project that concentrates on ‘experience’ in a more artistic or aesthetically oriented direction.


0. Examples of Tangibles

Posted in 0. Tangible Examples on August 26, 2009 by mdgross

For review Thursday Aug 27 2009, and the following week.

Find two (2) examples of tangible interactions worthy of discussion.  What makes them great  (or not) ?  What makes them examples of tangible interaction?  (or not)?  What are their principal characteristics or features?  Who made them and why?  How do they work?  etc.   Please be prepared to explain and discuss.

Please select “0. Examples of Tangibles” as the category for your posts responding to this.