Thumbles move along a tabletop projection and can be moved to interact with a software application.

Interaction media design and technology company Patten Studio has created a robotic table user interface platform called Thumbles, which are basically small robots that represent a new way for users to interact with software applications.

The tiny robots move around on a tabletop projection and users can grab and move the robots to interact with a piece of software. The computer can also move the robots around in response. The robots are fitted with omniwheels that allow them to easily move in any direction without the need to make turns.

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