EventTable: How We Think with Our Hands
Funded by SSHRC and NSERC RTI
Humans are masters of making difficult cognitive tasks easier by using their hands to structure the environment – think of how you might arrange objects you need to take with you by the door or make a pile of edges pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. EventTable is a tangible tabletop prototyping platform which allows us to investigate how supporting users’ direct physical interaction with embedded computational environments can support spatial problem solving. Instead of using a mouse and cursor to move digital objects. EventTable allows users to directly move computationally augmented physical objects. Prototypes built on EventTable include touch and tangible jigsaw puzzles for children, a tangible concept mapping tool, and a sustainability simulation for children.
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