Embodied Data Objects:
Tangible Interfaces to Information Appliances

  Tungare, Pyla, Glina, Bafna, Balli, Zheng,Yu and H...
Current Frustrations

• Networked printers
• Projectors that don’t always work
• Different file formats, platforms
• Incomp...
... 20 minutes ago ...
Why?
• General purpose computer:
  ‘One size fits all’
• Overly complex for simple tasks
• “Intrusive, overbearing”
       ...
Whereas ...
• Interacting with everyday appliances is
  natural and intuitive
  • Toasters, radio
• Less frustrating than ...
Information Appliances

• Task-specific devices
• Computation is invisible
• Low attentional requirements
• E.g.: Fuel gaug...
Why not ...
Embodied Interaction

• “Designers of interactive systems have
   come to understand that interaction is
   intimately con...
Tangible Interfaces

• “Seamless interfaces between people, bits
  and atoms” - Hiroshi Ishii
• “Giving physical form to d...
Ubiquitous Computing
• Placing computation in the environment
• “The most profound technologies are
     those that disapp...
Our System
• Tangible interfaces to users’ data:
  Embodied Data Objects (EDO)
• Active information: what to do in a parti...
Embodied Data Objects

• Data you can carry along
• Data as physical objects: physical icons
 • 35mm slide, leaf, business...
Active Information
• Data on EDOs is not just ‘data’
• Information that knows what to do with itself
  based on context
• ...
Implementation

• a Printer, a Projector
• Hidden laptop (invisible computer!)
• RFID tags as data objects
  •   Chosen ov...
Architecture
• Service-Oriented Devices
  •   Laptop + RFID reader + peripheral

• Data Manipulation Devices
  •   Laptop ...
Architecture
                     Network




               ISC       File Server




                               DB
Implementation Notes

• Texas Instruments S-6350 RFID reader
 • Passive RFID reader
 • Range: 6”
• Communication over SOAP...
Photos
Screenshots
Future Work

• Extended dialogue with appliance
• Evaluate with real users
 •   Challenges

• Publish toolkit code for mor...
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Manas Tungare, Pardha S. Pyla, Pradyut Bafna, Vladimir Glina, Wenjie Zhang, Xiaoyan Yu, Umut Balli, Steve Harrison; Embodied Data Objects: Tangible Interfaces to Information Appliances.; Proceedings of the 44th ACM SouthEast Conference (ACM SE 2006).

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Embodied Data Objects

  1. 1. Embodied Data Objects: Tangible Interfaces to Information Appliances Tungare, Pyla, Glina, Bafna, Balli, Zheng,Yu and Harrison Presenter: Manas Tungare
  2. 2. Current Frustrations • Networked printers • Projectors that don’t always work • Different file formats, platforms • Incompatibilities • Technology gets in the way
  3. 3. ... 20 minutes ago ...
  4. 4. Why? • General purpose computer: ‘One size fits all’ • Overly complex for simple tasks • “Intrusive, overbearing” - Don Norman • ‘Data’ is an abstract entity • Too many things can go wrong • Not always obvious, how to fix them
  5. 5. Whereas ... • Interacting with everyday appliances is natural and intuitive • Toasters, radio • Less frustrating than computers • Easy to correct errors • Can we exploit users’ familiarity with everyday objects?
  6. 6. Information Appliances • Task-specific devices • Computation is invisible • Low attentional requirements • E.g.: Fuel gauge showing distance till empty • E.g.: Apple iPod
  7. 7. Why not ...
  8. 8. Embodied Interaction • “Designers of interactive systems have come to understand that interaction is intimately connected with the setting in which it occurs.” • - Paul Dourish
  9. 9. Tangible Interfaces • “Seamless interfaces between people, bits and atoms” - Hiroshi Ishii • “Giving physical form to digital information” - MIT Tangible Media Group • Graspable media
  10. 10. Ubiquitous Computing • Placing computation in the environment • “The most profound technologies are those that disappear.” • “... They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” • - Mark Weiser, 1991.
  11. 11. Our System • Tangible interfaces to users’ data: Embodied Data Objects (EDO) • Active information: what to do in a particular Information that knows context • Intentionality and context-awareness: Respect and act upon the user’s intention
  12. 12. Embodied Data Objects • Data you can carry along • Data as physical objects: physical icons • 35mm slide, leaf, business card, football (!) • Stackable • Store, copy, carry, print, recycle
  13. 13. Active Information • Data on EDOs is not just ‘data’ • Information that knows what to do with itself based on context • A printer prints • A projector projects • Capture intentionality
  14. 14. Implementation • a Printer, a Projector • Hidden laptop (invisible computer!) • RFID tags as data objects • Chosen over bar codes, mag stripes & Bluetooth • Activate on proximity
  15. 15. Architecture • Service-Oriented Devices • Laptop + RFID reader + peripheral • Data Manipulation Devices • Laptop + 2 RFID readers • Infrastructure Servers • File server + database + inter-server communication module
  16. 16. Architecture Network ISC File Server DB
  17. 17. Implementation Notes • Texas Instruments S-6350 RFID reader • Passive RFID reader • Range: 6” • Communication over SOAP / HTTP • Issue: time delay
  18. 18. Photos
  19. 19. Screenshots
  20. 20. Future Work • Extended dialogue with appliance • Evaluate with real users • Challenges • Publish toolkit code for more devices

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