Project Portfolio

Dan Maynes Aminzade

Research

Actuated Workbench
Audience Interaction
Hover
You're in Control
Edible User Interfaces
Fuzzmail
KC-135
OSCAR

Schools

Stanford
MIT
Carnegie Mellon

Industry

MERL
Microsoft
Adobe
Disney Imagineering

Fun

Unsafe Search
Music Visualization
Mobot
PantsCam
Taboo Database
Pointillism
Painting
WebAmp

Zany

Tacos
SETI Joke
Pepsi Database
Love Calculator

Hacks

AdBall
RCA Lyra
Stone Cold

Humor

SURG Proposals
Female Pop Singers
Satan Baby
Wesley Willis

MIT Media Lab


From 2001-2003, I was a member of the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab, under the direction of Professor Hiroshi Ishii.  The topic of my Master's Thesis was the Actuated Workbench.

Professor Ishii's group pursues a new vision of Human-Computer Interaction: "Tangible Bits."

People have developed sophisticated skills for sensing and manipulating our physical environments. However, most of these skills are not employed by traditional GUI (Graphical User Interface).

 

Tangible User Interfaces build upon our natural skills by giving physical form to digital information, seamlessly coupling the dual worlds of bits and atoms. The goal is to change the "painted bits" of GUIs to "tangible bits," taking advantage of the richness of multimodal human senses and skills developed through our lifetime of interaction with the physical world.

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By giving physical form to digital information and situating it in the architectural spaces our bodies inhabit, TUIs seek a seamless coupling between our parallel physical and digital existences.