Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation


Tangible Media Group | MIT Media Lab

Tangible Media group

The Tangible Media Group explores the idea of Radical Atoms, a vision for the future of Human-Material Interactions, to seamlessly couple the dual world of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital computation and information. Radical Atoms is the future of materials that can transform their shape, conform to constraints, and inform users of their affordances. Radical Atoms takes a leap beyond our original Tangible Bits vision by assuming a hypothetical generation of physical materials that is computationally transformable and reconfigurable, bidirectionally coupled with an underlying digital model (bits) so that dynamic changes of physical form can be reflected in digital states in real time, and vice versa.

What We're Looking For:

The Tangible Media Group seeks creative, technically competent, hard-working, and team-oriented graduate students. Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) research and experience in Interaction Design. Successful applicants possess varied technical and design skills in computer programming, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, as well as interaction/product/architectural design. Oral and written communication skills are essential, as work is regularly presented to visitors and submitted to major conferences and journals.

Learn about applying through the Program in Media Arts & Sciences.