Project Overview

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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Sijie Wang. 2010. Comparing tangible and multi-touch interfaces for a spatial problem solving task. Master's thesis. Simon Fraser University, Surrey, Canada.

Alissa N. Antle, Milena Droumeva, and Daniel Ha. 2009. Hands on what?: Comparing children's mouse-based and tangible-based interaction. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC’09). ACM, 80-88.

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