Recently I have been trying to tease out the distinction between tangible interfaces and the concept of computational composites. The latter is quite elusive to grasp as a whole, largely because its conceivers didn’t provide the best examples. They were overbearing, clunky, and a tad too conceptual for my tastes. That being said, the theoretical foundation propping these prototypes up is brilliant and I still find much to take from it.
Lately I have been very inspired by the work of Marcelo Coehlo, especially his work around SMAs and paper-based computing. This particular paper he wrote with Jamie Zigelbaum crystallized some of the ideas I had thrown around, in particular how to define a computational composite and whether I should rethink that term. Continue reading »