Tangible Viewpoints


Tangible Viewpoints is a storytelling application for interactive character-driven narratives that was designed for the TViews platform. The different segments of a multiple-point-of-view story are organized according to the character viewpoint they represent, as well as their place in the overall narrative. These segments can consist of various types of media (video, audio, images, text), and can present character development, action, and location with as much complexity as any scene of a film or chapter in a book. Graspable pawns are used to navigate through the multiple-viewpoint story. When a pawn is placed on the sensing surface, the story segments associated with its character's point-of-view are projected around it. Users select segments to be displayed on a nearby monitor, causing the narrative to advance and new segments to become available. An aura is also projected around each pawn to give a visual representation of the prominence of that viewpoint in the current telling of the story. Changes in the story space are reflected by dynamic changes in the projected graphics.