TED Talk: Siftables, interactive blocks

13 Feb 2009 - 10:59am
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.pauric
2006

Intriguing use of the building block as an interaction method.

http://www.ted.com/talks/david_merrill_demos_siftables_the_smart_blocks.html

http://web.media.mit.edu/~dmerrill/siftables.html

/pauric

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13 Feb 2009 - 11:31am
Damon Dimmick
2008

This seems like it would be fun, but have a very limited application.
More of a novelty item.

It is unclear to me how the interaction of physical blocks actually
makes any tasks easier.

I think the ability to scan gestures and apply them to virtual objects
is much more compelling.

The siftables are very fun, and they do beg some speculation on the
future of 3D interaction, but the demonstrated uses don't seem to point
to a lot of real world application advantages, although I could
definitely see the use in entertainment and learning.

-Damon

Pauric wrote:
> Intriguing use of the building block as an interaction method.
>
> http://www.ted.com/talks/david_merrill_demos_siftables_the_smart_blocks.html
>
> http://web.media.mit.edu/~dmerrill/siftables.html
>
> /pauric
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13 Feb 2009 - 1:20pm
.pauric
2006

Well... I dont know (o;

In my domain of Model Based Design we produce a toolchain called
Simulink. Think of it as visio/omnigraffle for Scientists &
Engineers; a graphical representation of the building blocks of a
given system under design.

As the systems we build become more complex the tools we use to build
them do so too. Tangible interactions are an intriguing potential
solution to making those complex tools more humane.

I envison a day where we have the tangible interactivity of the
Siftable blocks on top of a Microsoft Surface or better yet, a
Reactable http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPG-LYoW27E
An input & feedback device with a degree of cognitive bandwidth far
beyond the mouse/keyboard/monitor.

Well, thats enough daydreaming (o;

More on Model Based Design if you're interested
http://www.mathworks.com/programs/spotlight/bell_helicopter/index.html

/pauric

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13 Feb 2009 - 1:28pm
Damon Dimmick
2008

I agree that tangible 3D interactions have a lot of potential, I'm just
focusing on the Siftable blocks specifically.

(And yes, Scott, those are real world applications, but I meant
-applications- in a software sense ;] )

I think they're good to demonstrate an example of what might be
accomplished, I just don't think these items themselves are that useful.

I actually think virtual manipulation has a lot more potential, etc.

Pauric wrote:
> Well... I dont know (o;
>
> In my domain of Model Based Design we produce a toolchain called
> Simulink. Think of it as visio/omnigraffle for Scientists &
> Engineers; a graphical representation of the building blocks of a
> given system under design.
>
> As the systems we build become more complex the tools we use to build
> them do so too. Tangible interactions are an intriguing potential
> solution to making those complex tools more humane.
>
> I envison a day where we have the tangible interactivity of the
> Siftable blocks on top of a Microsoft Surface or better yet, a
> Reactable http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPG-LYoW27E
> An input & feedback device with a degree of cognitive bandwidth far
> beyond the mouse/keyboard/monitor.
>
> Well, thats enough daydreaming (o;
>
> More on Model Based Design if you're interested
> http://www.mathworks.com/programs/spotlight/bell_helicopter/index.html
>
> /pauric
>
>
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