Summary ConnecTables are mobile workplaces with articulated screens that can be joined in common workspaces by touching their sides together. Objects can then be viewed and shared in these joint workspaces.
Description The ConnecTable is an interactive screen positioned on a chassis that can change shape depending on the user’s position. 2 ConnecTables can be moved close together to form a joint area to support collaboration. Sharing information among the 2 screens is facilitated by shuffling objects from one display to another. These interactions are inspired by how physical artifacts are used by physically putting objects together to form a whole and pulling them apart to separate.
Design motivation Creating technological infrastructure, Designing new types of interactions
Design goal Creating integrated workspaces, Fostering collaboration, Improving information management across devices, Supporting design of interfaces for dynamic collections of devices, Supporting joint interaction with information across devices
Device type Private, Semi-private
Enabling technology Displays, Sensors, Networking technologies, Physical object identification
Reference Tandler, P., Prante, T., Müller-Tomfelde, C., Streitz, N., & Steinmetz, R. (2001). ConnecTables: dynamic coupling of displays for the flexible creation of shared workspaces. In Proceedings of the 14th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (pp. 11-20). ACM.
Pattern family Display Grouping
Cites Pick-and-Drop, Hyperdrag
Cited by Bumping, Stitching, Codex, The Conduit, DisplayStacks, Pinch
Related to Bumping, Codex, MobiES, Pinch
Examples Connectables-example.png
Diagram Diagram for ConnecTables.png

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