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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Designing the Seamless Interface between People, Bits, and
Where the sea meets the land, life has blossomed into a
myriad of unique forms in the turbulence of water, sand, and
wind. At another seashore between the land of atoms and the
sea of bits, we are now facing the challenge of reconciling
our dual citizenships in the physical and digital worlds.
Windows to the digital world are confined to flat square
ubiquitous screens filled with pixels, or "painted bits."
Unfortunately, one can not feel and confirm the virtual
existence of this digital information through one's body.
Tangible Bits, our vision
of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), seeks to realize
seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and
the physical environment by giving physical form to digital
information, making bits directly and collaboratively
manipulable. The goal is to blur the boundary between our
bodies and cyberspace and to turn the objects and
architectural space into an collaborative interface.
In this talk, I will present a variety of tangible user
interfaces the Tangible Media Group has designed and
presented within the CHI, SIGGRAPH, UIST, CSCW, IDSA, ICSID,
ICC, and Ars Electronica communities in the past several
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