Pattern Studio showcases their Thumbles project, a table-top user interface that uses miniature robots as physical components that respond and react pending the application being used. Neat way to provide a sense of feedback.
Thumbles are small robots that drive around on a tabletop surface under computer control to create a new type of user interface. Users interact by grasping and moving the Thumbles around, and the computer can respond by moving them as well. The result is an interface that constantly rearranges itself based on the user's needs.
Thumbles combine the versatility of a graphical user interface with the tactile advantages of interacting with physical objects. The robots rearrange themselves on the table based on what the user wants to do. For example, the Thumbles can represent characters in a video game, or molecules in a chemistry simulation.
|Open-Source Arduino-Powered Robot Farmer|
|“Whether using drones to pollinate an apple orchard will increase yields.”|
|“An unfolding 'Cambrian Explosion' in robotics.”|
|“How this religious holiday became the rampant, love-fuelled corp-fest.”|
|“A sophisticated global marketing strategy from an industry that is desperate to attract new smokers.”|
|“A low flyover of Jupiter's moon Europa.”|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|U.S.S. Enterprise Owner's Manual|
|“The Amazon Dash button for horny men and women who don’t feel comfortable telling their partner they’d like to have sex.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|iPhone 6, the First Smartphone to Disrupt NSA's Spying|
|“When Life Gives You Lemons.”|
|Recycled Vacuum Lamps|
|Fake Name Generator|