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Roomware: Computers Disappear and Interaction Evolves
December 2004 (vol. 37 no. 12)
pp. 47-54
Thorsten Prante, Fraunhofer IPSI, Darmstadt, Germany
Norbert Streitz, Fraunhofer IPSI, Darmstadt, Germany
Peter Tandler, Fraunhofer IPSI, Darmstadt, Germany
When engaging in brainstorming, strategic planning, and decision making, people still use traditional media such as felt pens on whiteboards. Apparently, interacting with real physical objects feels easier than operating and interacting with computer monitors in these situations. Unfortunately, the information generated during such meetings cannot be captured immediately for digital postprocessing and can easily be lost altogether.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Integrated Publication and Information Systems Institute in Darmstadt are developing a comprehensive approach to the design of information and collaboration environments that support human activities by starting in the real world. They seek to design environments that combine the affordances of real objects with computer-based support's potential in the virtual world. This combination generates hybrid worlds that have significant consequences for the design of human-computer interaction.

Citation:
Thorsten Prante, Norbert Streitz, Peter Tandler, "Roomware: Computers Disappear and Interaction Evolves," Computer, vol. 37, no. 12, pp. 47-54, Dec. 2004, doi:10.1109/MC.2004.255
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