Senseboard: A Tangible Interface for Manipulating and Organizing
Senseboard is one facet of our exploration of using tangible
media for manipulating abstract information.
It allows the user to arrange small magnetic pucks on a grid, where
each puck represents a piece of information to be organized, such as a
message, file, bookmark, citation, presentation slide, movie scene,
or newspaper story.
As the user manipulates the physical pucks,
the corresponding digital information is projected onto the board.
Special pucks may be placed on the board to execute commands or request
We seek to combine
the benefits of physical manipulation
(natural, fluid, rapid, two-handed, multi-person interaction)
with the benefits we can get from
computer augmentation (interactive commands, functions, queries, operations,
importing and exporting data, and remote collaboration).
We believe this type of interface is thus more
effective for tasks involving organizing, grouping, and manipulating
types of information that have no inherent physical representation,
and it provides an example of a tangible interface for a typical
"knowledge worker" task.
Senseboard in use.
Closeup, viewing detail information about a data item on the board.