Required reading materials for the course of TUI

Important reading

  1. Hiroshi Ishii and Brygg Ullmer. 1997. Tangible bits: towards seamless interfaces between people, bits and atoms. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems(CHI ’97). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 234-241. DOI=10.1145/258549.258715
  2. Hiroshi Ishii. 2008. Tangible bits: beyond pixels. In Proceedings of the 2nd international conference on Tangible and embedded interaction (TEI ’08). ACM, New York, NY, USA, xv-xxv. DOI=10.1145/1347390.1347392
  3. Hiroshi Ishii, Minoru Kobayashi, and Jonathan Grudin. 1993. Integration of interpersonal space and shared workspace: ClearBoard design and experiments. ACM Trans. Inf. Syst. 11, 4 (October 1993), 349-375. DOI=10.1145/159764.159762
  4. George W. Fitzmaurice, Hiroshi Ishii, William A.S. Buxton, Bricks: laying the foundations for graspable user interfaces. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI ’95), Irvin R. Katz, Robert Mack, Linn Marks, Mary Beth Rosson, and Jakob Nielsen (Eds.). ACM Press/Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., New York, NY, USA, 442-449. DOI=10.1145/223904.223964
  5. John Underkoffler, Hiroshi Ishii, Urp: a luminous-tangible workbench for urban planning and design. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems: the CHI is the limit (CHI ’99). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 386-393. DOI=10.1145/302979.303114
  6. Tangible User Interfaces: Past, Present, and Future Directions
  7. Prototyping Tangibles: Exploring Form and Interaction
  8. Bill Buxton, Less is more
  9. Bill Modgridge, Designing Interactions

More Research papers

  1. George W. Fitzmaurice , Hiroshi Ishii , William A. S. Buxton, Bricks: laying the foundations for graspable user interfaces, Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, p.442-449, May 07-11, 1995, Denver, Colorado, USA  [doi>10.1145/223904.223964]
  2. Ryokai, K., Marti, S. and Ishii, H. 2005. “Designing the world as your palette”. In CHI ’05 Proceedings of Human Factors in Computing Systems New York: ACM.
  3. Navigational Blocks Navigating information space with tangible media
  4. The reacTable: Exploring the Synergy between Live Music Performance and Tabletop Tangible Interfaces
  5. A Tangible Interface for Organizing Information Using a Grid
  6. The Tangible Video Editor: Collaborative Video Editing with Active Tokens
  7. Topobo: A Constructive Assembly System with Kinetic Memory
  8. Urp: A Luminous-Tangible Workbench for Urban Planning and Design
  9. A tangible interface for organizing information through grid
  10. Interactive Entertainment Systems Using Tangible Cubes
  11. Curlybot: Designing a New Class of Computational Toys
  12. Exploring Tangible Collaborative distance learning environment
  13. CUBIK A Bi-Directional Tangible Modeling Interface
  14. Designing Tangible Programming Languages for Classroom Usage
  15. MusicCube: Making Digital Music Tangible
  16. Tangible Interaction with Real and Virtual Products – Designing a Shopping Assistant for Rural Communities
  17. Five Key Challenges in End-User Development for Tangible and Embodied Interaction
  18. Informing Design for Tangible Interaction: a Case for Children with Learning Difficulties
  19. The Design of a Tangible Interaction Device to Alleviate Anxiety and Pain in Paediatric Burns Patients
  20. Tangible user interface for increasing social interaction among rural women
  21. Using ARToolKit Markers to Build Tangible Prototypes and Simulate Other Technologies
  22. Supporting the Fast Prototyping of Personalised Narratives for Tangible Interaction in Cultural Heritage
  23. Paperbox – A toolkit for exploring tangible interaction on interactive surfaces
  24. Tangible interaction toolkits for designers

Required more research papers can be collected from the course instructor


  1. Graspable Interfaces
  2. Siftable
  3. Music bottle
  4. Marble Answering machine
  5. Reactable
  6. Blockjam
  7. ambientROOM
  8. I-O brush
  9. MetaDESK
  10. Tangible video editor
  11. Topobo
  12. Luminous room URP

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