An Anthropological Move Towards Tangible Interaction Design

Mads Vedel Jensen

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Resumé

User interaction design has for many years been concerned with the skills required in operating computers and machines. For keyboard and mouse operated, screen-based user interfaces the main focus has been on the cognitive skills of humans.
This paper takes as a basic preamble that a shift from keyboards to tangible interaction design requires one to study the skills built through bodily movement. The emerging field of Anthropology of Movement can help in studying and understanding human movement.
With inspiration from anthropology, philosophy and sociology, I have analyzed a short video sequence of a plant operator operating very tangible machinery. Tangible interaction can be regarded as a series of discrete actions, but based on the analysis I will argue that the movements in between the hands-on actions are crucial to understanding skilled user interaction. Possibly designing with respect to the in-betweens - when the body adjusts towards the next action - holds great promise for making tangible interaction design a success.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelIn the Making - Conference proceedings : http://www.tii.se/reform/inthemaking/proceedings.htm
Vol/bindhttp://www.tii.se/reform/inthemaking/files/p46.pdf
Publikationsdato2005
StatusUdgivet - 2005
BegivenhedNordic Design Research Conference, In the Making - Copenhagen, Danmark
Varighed: 29. maj 200531. maj 2005

Konference

KonferenceNordic Design Research Conference, In the Making
LandDanmark
ByCopenhagen
Periode29/05/200531/05/2005

Fingeraftryk

User interfaces
Machinery

Citer dette

Jensen, M. V. (2005). An Anthropological Move Towards Tangible Interaction Design. I In the Making - Conference proceedings: http://www.tii.se/reform/inthemaking/proceedings.htm (Bind http://www.tii.se/reform/inthemaking/files/p46.pdf)
Jensen, Mads Vedel. / An Anthropological Move Towards Tangible Interaction Design. In the Making - Conference proceedings: http://www.tii.se/reform/inthemaking/proceedings.htm. Bind http://www.tii.se/reform/inthemaking/files/p46.pdf 2005.
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In the Making - Conference proceedings: http://www.tii.se/reform/inthemaking/proceedings.htm. Bind http://www.tii.se/reform/inthemaking/files/p46.pdf 2005.

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