Tangible interfaces

In chapter 6 tangible interfaces are described as a type of sensor-based interaction, where physical objects are coupled with digital representations. When a person manipulates the physical objects, it is detected by a computer system which causes the digital effect to occur. Currently there are very few of these systems in place and I have personally never interacted with such an interface, but I can’t think of many situations in which such an interface would be beneficial to development . Have you ever experienced such technology and in what types of situations can you see that this type of interface would be more beneficial than a more traditional GUI?


One Response to “Tangible interfaces”

  1. hkjung Says:

    hard to mention specific situations. these days the concept of tangible interface is more related with aesthetics or expressiveness of interaction because the feeling of touch would give more affective and intimate emotions to users than GUI based interaction. Also many typical electronic devices can be newly designed when applying the concept of TUI by replacing button-and-display interface with more “affordable” forms or shapes of interactive devices. there are many interesting example sketches which explore new design space of interactive products with tangible interfaces in this paper: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1226969.1226997.

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