Jul 11, 2009

Where are they now? Revisiting Interactive User Interface Projects

I've been blogging about interactive multimedia and interesting human-computer interfaces/ interaction for a while. I thought I'd revisit some of the projects and prototypes that interested me and find out what happened to all of those visionary graduate students after they earned their degrees. (Feel free to leave a comment and a link if you have any information to update about yourself or someone you know.)

This will be a topic I'll touch on from time-to-time, and since I've covered so many projects, it might take quite a while!

In the meantime, I've posted a video of the TANGerINE Inspirational Cube, a mixed reality interactive multimedia project between the University of Florence, University of Bologna, along with the contributions of other researchers. The video was produced in 2007, I think.

Here is a 2008 picture of some of the people who continued to work with the TANGerINE project at CHI 2008:

Here is the video of "TANGerINE Cities: Collaborative Tangible Sonorization" from Nicola Torpei's Vimeo page:

TANGerINE cities - collaborative tangible sonorization from Nicola Torpei on Vimeo.

And here is a link to a Flickr slideshow from TANGerINE Cities at the Frontiers of Interaction 09 conference, held recently in Rome, Italy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nicolatorpei/sets/72157619553939994/show/ Below is a video of the conference highlights, set to spaghetti western music:

Somewhat Related:
Note: Stephano Baraldi, one of Nicola Torpei's colleagues who worked on the TANGerINE project, worked for a while at a company called Natural Interaction, now part of iO. To read more about iO, take a look at Alessandro Valli's whitepaper, "Natural Interaction, iO"(pdf). Stephano Baraldi's prototype of the Sensitive Table is mentioned in this paper.

iO's Interactive Climbing Wall

(If you just happen to be interested in spaghetti western music, you can listen to it at Last FM: http://www.last.fm/tag/spaghetti+western Ennio Morricone is one of the top artists of this genre.)

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