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Physical Knobs Interface With Digital Applications

Designers are beginning to explore how to enrich our interactions with touch screens.

Kyle Studstill
Kyle Studstill on May 10, 2010.

Last month in our post Physical-Digital Interaction Evolves we commented on how device inputs are moving towards more than just touch, and have the potential to incorporate interesting interactions between physical objects and digital screens. The designers at DS-Labs have developed a proof-of-concept that gives a glimpse of what these interactions might look like, using a physical knob to interact with a Google Earth interface. We expect to see this idea manifest itself in the form of physical counters or game pieces that interact on iPad screens, adding a layer of richness to the mechanics of digital games.

Watch a video demonstration below:

DS-Labs

[via CreativeApplications]

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Kyle Studstill is a regular contributor to PSFK.com. Kyle works as a consultant working at the New York office of PSFK. His background is in analysis, from the analysis of cultural and technological change, to analysis of consumer and human insight, to military intelligence analysis with the US Intelligence and Security Command. Kyle loves the future, much like O'Brien from Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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