Tangible Interfaces and Instrumental Interaction

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


I introduced Instrumental Interaction fifteen years ago as an interaction model for post-WIMP interfaces. The goal was to go beyond the dominant paradigm, Direct Manipulation, recognizing that interaction is most often mediated by tools and instruments rather than involving the direct manipulation of objects of interests with one's hands. Tangible interfaces enable instrumental interaction as they can make interaction instruments physical, allowing users to build on the skills they have acquired to interact in the physical world. In this talk I introduce instrumental interaction and the design principles that we have developed to create instrumental interfaces. I then show how it can be used as a descriptive model of existing tangible interfaces as well as a generative model to create future interfaces. Finally I describe some of the work that we have conducted applying instrumental interaction to tangible interfaces in a variety of projects.

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  65
Duration:  45 - 60 minutes
Languages Available:  English, French
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