Liquids, smoke, and soap bubbles

Axel Sylvester, Tanja Döring, Albrecht Schmidt
2010 Proceedings of the fourth international conference on Tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction - TEI '10  
In this paper we inquire material qualities for tangible user interfaces and introduce the term "ephemeral user interface". We present an example user interface that employs fragile soap bubbles for human-computer interaction: the user has to move or blow bubbles over a dark liquid surface in order to interact with a computer system. Our installation uses liquid, smoke, and soap bubbles as unusual and transient materials that demand a very cautious and calm handling, and furthermore elude the
more » ... mplete control of users, as the bubbles inevitably burst after a short while. Thus, the soap bubble interface provokes thoughts about durability, control, and materiality of tangible user interfaces.
doi:10.1145/1709886.1709941 dblp:conf/tei/SylvesterDS10 fatcat:yap26rs52nac3l7t3rm454rduu