Inspirations / IxD Projects

SIFTABLES / DAVID MERRIL

Imagine overturning a container of nuts and bolts, then looking through the resulting pile for a particular item. Or spreading photographs out on a tabletop and then beginning to sort them into piles. During these activities we interact with large numbers of small objects at the same time, and they utilize all of our fingers and both hands together. We humans are skilled at using our hands in these ways, and can effortlessly sift and sort – focusing on our higher level goals rather than the items themselves.

Siftables aims to enable people to interact with information and media in physical, natural ways that approach interactions with physical objects in our everyday lives. As an interaction platform, Siftables applies technology and methodology from wireless sensor networks to tangible user interfaces. Siftables are independent, compact devices with sensing, graphical display, and wireless communication capabilities. They can be physically manipulated as a group to interact with digital information and media. Siftables can be used to implement any number of gestural interaction languages and HCI applications.

The Siftables interaction platform is a collaboration with Jeevan Kalanithi, of Taco Lab.

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SIXTH SENSE / MIT Media Lab’s new Fluid Interfaces Group

At the MIT Media Lab’s new Fluid Interfaces Group, Pattie Maes researches the tools we use to work with information and connect with one another. SixthSense is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information. By using a camera and a tiny projector mounted in a pendant like wearable device, SixthSense sees what you see and visually augments any surfaces or objects we are interacting with. It projects information onto surfaces, walls, and physical objects around us, and lets us interact with the projected information through natural hand gestures, arm movements, or our interaction with the object itself. SixthSense attempts to free information from its confines by seamlessly integrating it with reality, and thus making the entire world your computer.

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MULTITOUCHABLE PROTOTYPE / JONAS JOGEJAN

Project similar to Reactable, but it is possible to use just hands as input.

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CONSTELLATION / UNITED VISUAL ARTISTS

Commissioned by Covent Garden, UVA lit up the market halls of Covent Garden with a responsive light installation. Launched as the flagship piece of the winter season program at Covent Garden the installation featured 600 custom-designed mirrored LED tubes hanging above the entire Covent Garden market space. The volumetric arrangement of the tubes created a canvas in which three
dimensional light formations were made possible. Constellation was also individually controllable using a custom-designed control panel, giving the installation an intimate connection with the public.

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PHYSICALLY DIGITAL

“In the future information is told in 3D. Let’s take a mobile phone as an example: The front face and the sides of it transforms the shapes according to what information or status is expressed. A convexity means a “+” notice, for example there is an unread email message or an unanswered phone call. For a negative status, for example, the battery running out soon or having a bad reception, a concavity appears at a certain location. With this function, you can know without even touching or looking at the phone if your current location has a good reception to talk on the phone, if the battery has to be charged and if you have unread emails or unanswered calls. You wouldn’t have to travel around a place to find a good spot to talk on the phone, taking a look at the small icon on the screen many times.”

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