Hiroshi Ishii

At the seashore, between the land of atoms and the sea of bits, we are now facing the challenge of reconciling our dual citizenship in the physical and digital worlds. Our windows to the digital world have been confined to flat rectangular screens and pixels, or ‘painted bits’. While our visual senses are steeped in the sea of digital information, our bodies remain in the physical world. The vision of tangible bits is to provide seamless coupling between these two very different worlds of bits and atoms. Tangible Bits give physical form to digital information, making bits directly manipulable and perceptible and blurring the boundary between physical space and cyberspace.

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  1. shinichi

    Hiroshi Ishii

    http://web.media.mit.edu/~ishii/

    Where the sea meets the land, life has blossomed into a myriad of unique forms in the turbulence of water, sand, and wind. At another seashore between the land of atoms and the sea of bits, we are now facing the challenge of reconciling our dual citizenships in the physical and digital worlds. Windows to the digital world are confined to flat square screens and pixels, or “painted bits.” Unfortunately, one can not feel and confirm the virtual existence of this digital information through one’s body.

    Tangible Bits, our vision of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), seeks to realize seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and the physical environment by giving physical form to digital information and computation, making bits directly manipulable and perceptible. The goal is to blur the boundary between our bodies and cyberspace and to turn the architectural space into an interface.

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