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CHI'99: extend abstract, published video (part 1 / part 2)
With the mediaBlocks project, we have looked to new kinds of tangible
user interfaces (TUIs) for ways to minimize the complexity and overhead
of interaction with online digital media. In particular, we have
developed a TUI based upon
MediaBlocks interface with media input and output devices such as video cameras and projectors, allowing digital media to be rapidly “copied” from a media source and “pasted” into a media display. MediaBlocks are also compatible with traditional GUIs, providing seamless gateways between tangible and graphical interfaces. Finally, mediaBlocks are used as physical “controls” in tangible interfaces for tasks such as sequencing collections of media elements.
Ullmer, B., Ishii, H., and Glas, D. "mediaBlocks: Physical Containers, Transports, and Controls for Online Media." In Computer Graphics Proceedings / SIGGRAPH'98, July 19-24, 1998, pp. 379-386. (Acrobat)The mediaBlocks video and an extended abstract were also published in CHI'99:
Ullmer, B., and Ishii, H. "mediaBlocks: Tangible Interfaces for Online Media." In Extended Abstracts of CHI'99, May 15-20, 1999, pp. 31-32. (Acrobat)
The published video (posted in two parts) is online at:
First section: media containment and transport (9.8 MB)
Second section: media control and manipulation (12.4 MB)
The mediaBlocks research was also described in the March/April 1999 issue of the Media Lab's Frames publication, and in the July/August 1999 Technology Review magazine, page 20.
Dylan Glas (MIT), Summer 1997Other people who've provided major project support include John Underkoffler, Paul Yarin, Jay Lee, and Andy Dahley.
Paul Grayson (MIT), Fall 1997-Fall 1998
John Alex (Brown), Spring 1998
Partial support has come from the Media Lab Things That Think consortium and sponsors IBM, Mitsubishi, Steelcase, Intel, SGI, and Canon.
For more information, please contact Brygg Ullmer (firstname.lastname@example.org).