Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces
A course examining how interfaces and interaction techniques can best take advantage of the potential offered by tabletop and surface computing. The dominant paradigm of human-computer interfaces over the last three decades is the personal computer (PC) as controlled by a single person through a keyboard, mouse, and monitor(s). Three recent revolutionary trends are causing a paradigm shift in such interactive systems: new form factors, new input technologies, and the generalization of work and social computing. The new capabilities of tabletop and surface hardware radically differ from the windows, icons, menus, and pointers (WIMP) of desktop computers. The corresponding interfaces must change significantly if we are to realize the potential of surfaces. New interfaces and interactions specifically designed for surfaces are now emerging. It is this new emerging understanding that we will study.
Fall 2009, Thursdays 2:00 to 4:45
Location: MS 680A