Category Archives: Research

Two new articles on RFID interaction

Touch project PhD researcher Kjetil Nordby has just published two journal articles on interactions with RFID and NFC. These articles pull together concepts from ubiquitous computing and HCI, integrated with high-level interaction design practice, alongside analysis from activity theory, and come up with novel theories for the field of design research. In the Journal of [...]

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Designing with film

We’ve compiled a short sequence of some of the design experiments and tests in audiovisual media in the Touch project. Here we show some of the ‘behind the scenes’ tests and processes where we used cinematic/video/filmmaking tools as a means to uncover potentials and constraints around an emerging technology. In these experiments we designed and [...]

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Immaterials: the ghost in the field

This video is about exploring the spatial qualities of RFID, visualised through an RFID probe, long exposure photography and animation. It features Timo Arnall of the Touch project and Jack Schulze of BERG. The problem and opportunity of invisibility RFID is still badly understood as an interactive technology. Many aspects of RFID interaction are fundamentally [...]

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Making radio tangible

Next week we’re launching some new work that explores the spatial aspects of RFID. So before we publish that, here is a quick summary of existing work on radio, sensors and space that I’ve been compiling for a while. The ‘Radiogenic’ Dunne & Raby introduce the idea of ‘Hertzian space’ in Design Noir and Hertzian [...]

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Skål: playing with media

Skål (Norwegian for bowl) is a product that has emerged from the Bowl project. It is a media player designed for the home that acts as the interface between physical objects and related digital media on a television. This video shows Skål in action. A bowl sits on the living room table and a range [...]

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Visual representation of tangible interaction

In the design of the interactive elements of Sniff, Sara had to use visual diagramming as a way of exploring, understanding and prototyping with non-visual feedback such as sound and vibration (haptics). Sara developed a speech bubble approach to annotating physical objects, so that they look like they are ‘saying’ the audio and haptic feedback. [...]

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Nearness

One of the essential properties of Near Field Communication is nearness, but this is set against one of the paradoxes of touch-based interaction where, in fact, nothing needs to touch. In a very short film made with BERG, we explore nearness in interactive technologies. Hat tip towards The way things go, that Honda commercial and [...]

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Design research mediation, layering

Just a quick post to flag up a little discovery: Chen, Pin-maio of the Graduate School of Design, Spatial Media Group in Taipei has posted a great reflection (Google translation) of our Designing with RFID research from last year. Designing With RFIDView more documents from Chen pinmiao. What is especially lovely is the way in [...]

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