Siftables: towards sensor network user interfaces


This paper outlines Siftables, a novel platform that applies technology and methodology from wireless sensor networks to tangible user interfaces in order to yield new possibilities for human-computer interaction. Siftables are compact devices with sensing, graphical display, and wireless communication. They can be physically manipulated as a group to interact with digital information and media. We discuss the unique affordances that a sensor network user interface (SNUI) such as Siftables provides, as well as the resulting directness between the physical interface and the data being manipulated. We conclude with a description of some gestural language primitives that we are currently prototyping with Siftables.

DOI: 10.1145/1226969.1226984

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@inproceedings{Merrill2007SiftablesTS, title={Siftables: towards sensor network user interfaces}, author={David Merrill and Jeevan J. Kalanithi and Pattie Maes}, booktitle={Tangible and Embedded Interaction}, year={2007} }