MAS.834 is a traditional class at MIT hosted by Tangible Media Group. The class, Tangible Interfaces, explores the design space of Tangible Bits and Radical Atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation. The goal is to broaden the bandwidth of interaction between people and digital information & computation through *dynamic tangibles* that help people design, learn, and communicate using the full range of human senses and skills. We will pursue the interfaces that are not only practical, but also aesthetically pleasing and inspiring.
This year, we brought Pneuduino platform to the class, asked student to use the tool to create prototypes of the next generation interfaces. For this project students are to design interactions that incorporate pneumatic / soft actuation and/or sensing for exploration of Radical Atoms.
To focus their projects, students were asked to try to think of interactions from the perspective of body, object or space and try to match the impedance of the function to the objects you create by thinking critically about the interactions you design.