01. tangible interaction examples [Allison Tran]

Example No.1


What makes it great?

The arpeggiator makes an arpeggio a highly interactive musical sequence that invites the user to create different patterns using counters that define the direction that notes are played along the hexagonal table.  Multiple counters aid in changing direction or looping, and the notes that are played are represented by the movement of the active color, red, along the table.

What makes it an example of tangible interaction?
Something as technically distinct as an artificial arpeggio, is reinterpreted in the form of a directional, and arrangeable sequence, where in the user uses, and orients  counters to produce audio patterns.  Closely related elements like pitch, timbre, and volume, also surround the frame of the arpeggiator, allowing the user to see the notes played, and adjust the levels, simply by touching and observing.

How do they work?
Each hexagon represents, and is defined, by a note on the harmonic table.  Counters are coded so that the user can determine the direction the sequence takes, as it moves down the row of hexagons.

Example No.2


What makes it great?

The gel remote redefines the life of the electronic device.   Should a device be noticeable when it is otherwise not in use? The Panasonic gel remote slumbers, and remains limp, when it is off, and not in use, but when awakened, it breathes, with light rising up and down, and becomes rigid when activated.

What makes it an example of tangible interaction?

It is an example of the intersection of the distinct lives of user and device, where interaction involves disturbing the slumbering remote and waking it up.  When the user does not need it, the need for tangible interaction is diminished and the remote lies around as a lifeless gel.

How do they work?

Once turned on, the remote becomes rigid.  It can either slumber, with lights fading in and out mimicking breath in its gel like state, or if a hand is waved, a sensor detects the movement and the remote stiffens for use.


~ by atrantran on January 19, 2010.

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