Sheep Dalton posted this definition and explanation of the term ‘tangible interaction’… Worth a read.

‘Tangible Interaction has come to be the ‘umbrella term’ used to describe a set of related research and design approaches which have emerged in several disciplines. It became noticeable as a research topic in the late 90s and then rapidly grew into a research area.

Broadly, Tangible Interaction encompasses user interfaces and interaction approaches that emphasize

  • tangibility and materiality of the interface
  • physical embodiment of data
  • whole-body interaction
  • the embedding of the interface and the users’ interaction in real spaces and contexts.’

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