The TED Fellow and interactive designer James Patten explores newer ways to control and represent data.

Inventor and designer James Patten creates new, interactive ways to represent and control data. He says that traditional peripherals like the keyboard and mouse don't fit in with the multimedia and digital needs of today, and explains his argument using the phenomenal success of gadgets like the Wii and the iPad that have been able to attract people towards them by offering them a new kind of experience.

In an interview with Business Week, Patten says that he has explored ways to use objects on a tabletop as a substitute to the keyboard.

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