Class 1 – Orientation

September 13, 2017

  • Lecture: Welcome and introduction of Tangible Interfaces course (by Hiroshi Ishii)
  • Lecture: Concept-Driven Research: Seamless Media Design (by Hiroshi Ishii) 
  • Vision Videos (for further references):
  1. Apple Knowledge Navigator   Classic Vision of the Future  1984
  2. Seamless Media Design   Hiroshi Ishii’s Vision of Remote Collaboration Media (TeamWorkStation & ClearBoard) in 1994
  3. TRANSFORM   TMG’s Radical Atoms Vision 2014

Readings for next class :

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  1. The Computer for the 21st Century” by Mark Weiser
  2. Tangible bits: towards seamless interfaces between people, bits and atoms” CHI ’97 by Hiroshi Ishii and Brygg Ullmer
  3. Tangible bits: beyond pixels” TEI ’08 by Hiroshi Ishii
  4. Shape-Changing Interfaces: A Review of the Design Space and Open Research Questions – CHI2012

Assignment: 


Class 2 – Interaction design workshop

September 20, 2017

  • Lecture : Introduction to interaction design (Penny Webb) Presentation Slides: TI_Week2_Design_Workshop.pdf
  • Workshop teaching interaction design methods and prototyping (by Penny Webb)

Readings for next class :

  1. The mother of all demos by Doug Engelbart
  2. As we may think by Vannevar Bush
  3. The theory of affordances by James J. Gibson
  4. Don Norman: Designing For People

Assignment (in-class): Work with a specific material based on the following design brief:

Take a specific material that interests you, observe its qualities: texture, behaviors, color, density etc. Think about what else this material could do if it had qualities beyond what are there; could it dance, sing, change shape, communicate with you? Design a system that allows a user to interact with your material that uses both the physical qualities of the tangible material and couple this with intangible qualities you are adding to it.


Class 3 – Technical workshop

September 27, 2017

  • Lecture on Tangible Bits Framework by (20 min)  (postponed)
  • Guest Lecture by Oksana Anilionyte (20 min)
  • Technical Workshop: Arduino/Processing by Udayan and Dan (90 min). Lecture Slides.
  • Announcement of Project 1 (5 min)
  • Group forming for Project 1


Assignment (deadline October 2nd):

In your assigned groups, start brainstorming ideas for project 1 (see below), generate 5 concept sketches (approximately one each) for the class next week.

Project 1. (deadline November 2nd, 2016)

In your assigned groups, create a tool to connect two (or more) people who have a shared hobby or interest. Think about telepresence, or within the same proximity. Think carefully about the communication, affordance and the story you want your project to convey.

Look at examples such as:
MirrorFugue
PingPong++
BodyBeats

Suggested timeline:
1 week brainstorming, sketching, discussions with group.
1 week preliminary research, concept + technical
2 weeks prototyping, testing, implementing, documenting (documentation is important!)
Each group will give a 5 min presentation about your project on November 2nd, please create slides for this.

Class 4 – Tangible Bits Framework

October 04, 2017

  • Lecture: Tangible Bits Framework by Hiroshi Ishii (20 min)
  • Continuation of Technical Workshop: Arduino/Processing by Udayan and Dan (90 min).
  • Project 1 Ideas (45 min)

Technical workshop: Introduction to Pneuiduino and quick presentation of Pressure Sensor based work.

Project 1 Ideas Individual Proposal: Each group will give a 5 min presentation about individual ideas through sketches, GIFs etc.

Class 5 – Tangible Bits Framework

October 11, 2017

  • 1PM- 2PM Guest Lecture: Marcelo Coelho
  • 2.10PM – 3.10PM Guest Lecture: Jie Qi
  • Project 1 quick update

Class 6 – Inter-material Interaction

October 18, 2017

  • 1PM- 2.10PM Guest Lecture: Daniel Leithinger
  • 2.20PM – 3PM  Lecture: Udayan Umapathi
  • Project 1 quick update

Class 7 – Project 1 presentation

November 01, 2017

  • 10 minutes per presentation
  • 5 minutes for feedback
  • 20 minutes for demo and informal feedback

Class 8 – Vision for the future: Radical Atoms

November 08, 2017

  • 1PM – 2.10 PM Guest Lecture: Ryan Truby, Harvard Wyss Institute
    • “Soft Matter Machines for Programmable, Tangible Interfaces”
  • 2.15PM – 2.45PM Guest Lecture: Prof John Hart from Mechanosynthesis Group
  • 2:15pm-2:40pm Guest Lecture by Jifei Ou (TMG, Media Lab)
    • “aeroMorph”   http://tangible.media.mit.edu/project/aeromorph/
  • 2.45PM – 2.55PM Break
  • 2.55PM – 3.25PM Project 2 Announcement

Assignment (deadline November 16, 2016 ):

In your assigned groups, start brainstorming ideas for project 2 (see below), generate 5 concept sketches (approximately one each) for the class next week.

Project 2. (deadline December 7, 2016)

In your assigned groups make a “programmable material” that allows programmable behaviors or affordances in the physical world for productivity or expression.

Look at examples such as:

Sticky Actuators

ChainForm 

Biologic

Compass

Pneui

Jamsheets

Perfect Red

Suggested timeline:
1 week brainstorming, sketching, discussions with group.
1 week preliminary research, concept + technical
2 weeks prototyping, testing, implementing, documenting (documentation is important!)
Each group will give a 5 min presentation about your project on December 7th, 2016.

Class 9 – Modular Robots

November 15, 2017

  • 1PM – 2.10 PM Guest Lecture: Modular robots for programmable matter by Ara Knaian
  • 2:15pm-2:45pm Guest Lecture by Ken Nakagaki(TMG, Media Lab)
  • 2.45PM – 2.55PM Break
  • 2.55PM – 4 PM Project 2 Individual Ideas

Class 10 – Si-Fi Inspired Interfaces

November 22, 2017

  • 1PM – 2PM Sci-Fi inspired interfaces: Lecture by Dan Novy
  • 2PM – 2.15PM Break
  • 2.15PM – 3PM In-class project discussion
  • 3PM – 4PM Project 2 group work time

Links

We also encourage everyone to watch this talk by Brett Victor,  “The Humane representation of Thought”

Class 11 – Radical Atoms Summary

November 29, 2017

  • 1PM – 2PM Lecture from Hiroshi Ishii: Summary of Radical Atoms Vision
  • 2PM – 2.15PM Break
  • 2.15 – 4pm Group working time and TA feedback

Class 12 – Final Presentations

December 06, 2017

  • 1pm – 2pm Guest lecture – Lining Yao
  • 2pm – 4pm Presentations + feedback
  • Report due Dec 14th 2016 CHI paper format: http://www.sigchi.org/publications/chipubform/sigchi-paper-format-2016/view