Summary TranSticks merge together memory cards and virtual wires: plug a pair to two different devices and they will pair up automatically, replacing both wired connections and wireless configuration needs.
Description Ayatsuka and Rekimoto propose tranSticks - pairs of virtually connected memory cards that can be used to establish secure connections between devices. TranSticks also provide access to shared virtual storage space, which can be used for synchronizing files across connected devices. Connections are established by placing the tranSticks in devices and are closed by removing them.
Design motivation Augmenting existing practices, Creating technological infrastructure
Design goal Creating integrated workspaces, Fostering collaboration, Improving information management across devices, Supporting design of interfaces for dynamic collections of devices, Supporting interaction in a free manner, Supporting joint interaction with information across devices, Unifying advantages of different devices
Device type Private, Public, Semi-private
Enabling technology Networking technologies, Alternative forms of input, Machine-readable data formats
Reference Ayatsuka, Y., & Rekimoto, J. (2005). tranSticks: physically manipulatable

virtual connections. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems(pp. 251-260). ACM.

Pattern family Wireless Physicality
Cites Pick-and-Drop, That One there!, Bumping, SyncTap, Touch-and-Connect
Cited by Select-and-Point, EasyGroups
Related to That One there!, Bumping, SyncTap
Examples TranSticks-example.png
Diagram Diagram for TranSticks.png

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