“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

ReacTable music machine – WOW!

It is rare that I’m really impressed with a new interaction design paradigm or application of existing paradigms. Reactable is the PhD project at Pompeu Fabra University and is now a company based on that work. I feel like an idiot after reading this that I am completely unaware of this system, and I’m going to confidently assume that I’m not alone and share it with you all. Here are 2 videos of the product that combines so many different elements of the surface table idea: touch gestures, idiogram recognition and manipulation, and graphical feedback leading to metaphor recognition & manipulation:
Part 1:

Part 2

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  • http://www.kevintsilver.com Kevin Silver

    Too cool. I agree its impressive. I immediately thought of this, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theremin, when I was watching the videos.

  • dave

    Someone pointed this out to me on Twitter. Its a contemporary example of similar work. I prefer the Reactable better on many levels. But using is believing.

  • http://brsma.de Sascha Brossmann

    NB: Patten’s Audiopad and his earlier Sensetable (2001) should probably really be cited as prior work in this context (don’t currently remember on whose giant’s shoulders he was standing then, though). IIRC the Reactable team started significantly later.


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