Instrumental Interaction in Multisurface Environments

Speaker:  Michel Beaudouin-Lafon – Orsay Cedex, France
Topic(s):  Human Computer Interaction


Today's user interfaces are based on the desktop metaphor and the principles of direct manipulation that were created more than 25 years ago. With the diversity of hardware platforms, contexts of use and types of information that we face today, this paradigm clearly shows its limits. I introduced Instrumental Interaction over fifteen years ago to address some of these issues. Based on the observation that humans create and use tools in the real world to manipulate and interact with physical objects and materials, I created a conceptual model that decouples information substrates from the tools used to interact with them. More recently, this model was extended to address environments where groups of users interact with multiple input-output surfaces such as wall-sized displays, multitouch tables and smartphones. In this talk I describe and illustrate the principles and applications of instrumental interaction, in particular in the context of our WILD multisurface environment ( I  show how it challenges the notion of application and opens the door to more flexible interactive software that can be tailored to the needs of its users.

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  58
Duration:  45 - 60 minutes
Languages Available:  English, French
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