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

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MIT Media Lab / Tangible Media group

Tangible Media group

We live on the border between two worlds: our physical environment and cyberspace. People have developed sophisticated skills for sensing and manipulating our physical environment, but most of these skills are not employed by traditional Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs). The Tangible Media Group, led by Professor Hiroshi Ishii, explores the Tangible Bits & Radical Atoms visions to seamlessly couple the dual world of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation. The goal is to go beyond the current mainstream of Painted Bits (pixels) to enrich human interactions and to take advantage of the multimodal human senses and dextrous skills developed through a lifetime of interaction with the physical world.

We live on the border between two worlds: our physical environment and cyberspace. People have developed sophisticated skills for sensing and manipulating our physical environment, but most of these skills are not employed by traditional Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs). The Tangible Media Group, led by Professor Hiroshi Ishii, explores the Tangible Bits & Radical Atoms visions to seamlessly couple the dual world of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation. The goal is to go beyond the current mainstream of Painted Bits (pixels) to enrich human interactions and to take advantage of the multimodal human senses and dextrous skills developed through a lifetime of interaction with the physical world.

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