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Hiroshi Ishii

Hiroshi Ishii is interviewed in Chapter 8 – Multisensory and Multimedia. His passion for adding physical objects to the interface relates closely to the work of Durrell Bishop, and his whimsical sense of humor relates to projects from Bill Gaver and Dunne and Raby.

Hiroshi Ishii is professor of the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Laboratory. His lab is full of projects, prototypes, and demos, which explore the design of seamless interfaces between people, digital information, and the physical environment. His team seeks to change the “painted bits” of GUIs to “tangible bits” by giving physical form to digital information. Ishii and his students have presented their vision of tangible bits at many academic, industrial design, and artistic venues, emphasizing that the development of tangible interfaces requires the rigor of both scientific and artistic review. His boundless enthusiasm for tangible interfaces carries him around the world to make presentations and demonstrate prototypes.

Hiroshi explains the difference between graphical and tangible user interfaces. He illustrates the multisensory potential of digital technology by using sound in his Music Bottles project, and tangible interactions that allow the direct manipulation of input representations coupled with projected overlays.

Hoshi Ishii portrait. Photo copyright 2006 Webb Chappell.