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November 27, 2013

MIT Invents Tangible User Interface - Combines the Digital and Physical World!

MIT's Tangible Media Group has invented TUI - that is Tangible User Interface. Yes, you can touch it, feel it like a tangible 3D object.

The vision is to integrate the world of bits (digital) and atoms (physical) to give physical form to the digital information.

Image source FastCoDesign



A graphical user interface (GUI) only lets us see information and interact with it indirectly, as if we were looking through the surface of the water to interact with the forms below, say for instance a huge piece of ice fully hidden under the sea.

A tangible user interface (TUI) is like an iceberg: there is a portion of the digital that emerges beyond the surface of the water—into the physical realm—so that we may interact directly with it.

Radical Atoms define physical manifestation of all digital information so that we can interact directly with it—as if the iceberg had risen from the depths to reveal its sunken mass. We may call it Material User Interface (MUI).

Here is a video shared by TMG Media Lab.



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