Tangible User Interface

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Tangible User Interface

(interface)
An attempt to give physical form to digital information, making bits directly manipulable and perceptible by people. Tangible Interfaces will make bits accessible through augmented physical surfaces (e.g. walls, desktops, ceilings, windows), graspable objects (e.g. building blocks, models, instruments) and ambient media (e.g. light, sound, airflow, water-flow, kinetic sculpture) within physical environments.

MIT Tangible Media Group.
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The paper proposes principles for designing tangible lighting control interfaces, which are then used to explore the design of a prototype tangible interface.
This desire along with the principles for designing tangible lighting control interfaces were then used to evolve a prototype tangible interface.
Feltham, "Do the Blocks Rock: a Tangible Interface for Play and Exploration," OZCHI 2008--Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction: Designing for Habitus and Habitat, Cairns, QLD, Australia, December 8-12, 2008, pp.
The keyboard of a personal computer, for example, is a tangible interface between you and your computer.
Other researchers around the world are developing other kinds of new tangible interfaces, though not all of them use acoustic sensors.
As the end-user's ultimate touch-point and tangible interface with the WirelessWallet service, Kyocera's NFC-enabled handsets were a key element in ensuring a positive experience for our customers.
In the language of interaction design, the property of a tangible interface that describes the richness of response to the end-user is labeled richness of reciprocation.
This method of coding was also used for quantifying the qualitative data while providing vital leads for the design development of future tangible interfaces.
Paul Marshall, "Do tangible interfaces enhance learning?
Hornecker, Are tangible interfaces really any better than other kinds of interfaces?
Our Audio d-touch system allows people to set up and use tangible interfaces in their own home, office or recording studio, or wherever else they like," said Dr Costanza.
The readable: Tabletop Tangible Interfaces for Multithreaded Musical Performance