Prototyping tangibles : exploring form and interaction

PETRELLI, Daniela, DULAKE, Nick, MARSHALL, Mark, WILLOX, Matt, CAPARRELLI, Fabio and GOLDBERG, Robin (2014). Prototyping tangibles : exploring form and interaction. In: TEI '14 : Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction. ACM, 41-48.


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In order to better explore the opportunities for tangible interaction in new areas such as the home or cultural heritage sites, we used multiple rapidly-developed prototypes that take advantage of existing technology. Physical prototypes allow us to give form to ideas and to evaluate the integration of form and function, two core components of tangible interaction. We discuss potentials and pitfalls when using off-the-shelf digital devices (by embedding a device, cracking it open and building on it, or collating board and parts) through six prototypes developed in two studies. Hacking devices to materialize our ideas proved excellent for fast prototyping. Technology imposed constraints and prompted different design solutions than initially intended offering unexpected ways to engage. On the basis of this experience we outline a process and offer guidelines for the fast prototyping of tangible interactions.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Computing
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Page Range: 41-48
Depositing User: Daniela Petrelli
Date Deposited: 15 May 2014 11:02
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 02:20

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