Tangible Awareness Landscapes

Event-driven notification devices built out of junk. Conceived to provide a physical presence, or proxy, for remotely-located users. Interaction was via a simple web-based interface with buttons to enable remote users to activate devices in the office, thus drawing attention to their ‘presence’.

The term ‘tangible awareness landscape’ was coined by our colleague Ramesh Ramloll (now CEO at Deep Semaphore LLC)


Jennifer Allanson, Simon Lock, Peter Phillips (2001): Tangerine – A Tangible Awareness Landscape.  Proceedings of the Distributed and Disappearing Interfaces in Ubiquitious Computing Workshop at ACM International Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI2001), Seattle WA. pp 57-62. [Full paper]

Simon Lock, Jennifer Allanson, Peter Phillips (2000). User-Driven Design of a Tangible Awareness LandscapeProceedings of the ACM International Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS2000), NYC 2000 pp 434-441. [Final draft]