Tangible Interfaces

Hiroshi Ishii


Explores design issues surrounding 'Tangible Interfaces,' a new form of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Explores ways of broadening the bandwidth of interaction between people and digital information by allowing users to 'grasp and manipulate' bits by coupling them with physical objects, and by enabling users to be aware of background bits at the periphery using ambient display media such as light, sound, airflow, and water movement within augmented space. In the design studio environment, students explore experimental tangible interface designs, theories, applications, and underlying technologies, using concept sketches, posters, physical mockups, and working prototypes.

Final project: MusiCocktail