Physical Computing

Slap widgets by Student
September 25, 2009, 3:32 pm
Filed under: Inspiration

This video came across when I did my Bachelor project.  The video shows the use of slap widgets that has been researched in a German university, trying to bridge the connection from physical interface i.e. a keyboard, to a virtual interface.

By just applying different physical objects and map them to the surface and the application, a lot of hardware interfaces can be recreated. For example, an expensive DJ mixertable, can be simulated by using a computer and slap widgets.

I believe this technology will play a key role in the near future, to solve the feedback you really need from a physical object when it comes to virtual interfaces. By making really cheap key components, almost just a small piece of plastic, the “Lego”-era of interfaces will begin.

Johan Ludvigsson Group 1


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