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Thesis Info

LABS ID
00013
Title
aether: an experiment in the phenomenology of reading
Author
Erik Conrad
2nd Author
NULL
3rd Author
NULL
Degree
M.S. Information Design and Technology
Year
2002
Number of Pages
29
University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Thesis Supervisor
Dr. Sha Xin Wei
Supervisor e-mail
NULL
Other Supervisor(s)
Dr. Ken Knoespel, Stephanie Strickland
Language(s) of Thesis
English
Department / Discipline
School of Literature, Communication and Culture
Languages Familiar to Author
English
URL where full thesis can be found
www.peripheralfocus.net/images/aether_design_doc.pdf
Keywords
tactile vision, experimental documents, reading, interaction design, interactive art
Abstract: 200-400 words
æther is an interactive, haptic surface for computer mediated visual information that allows for a physical experience of text analogous to the visual experience of whitespace in a poem. It began as an inquiry into how new technologies of representation affect human perception. Acting as a haptic surface for computer mediated visual information, it enables tangible experiences common to painting and sculpture which are rare in digital media. By ‘touching’a narrative thread, one can see it emerge from a sea of text and trace its path throughout the entire narrative. As an alternative interface to the printed word, æther shows how physical form and content can be used to create rich reading environments and thus shed light about the ways in which people read and thus, think. Its goal is to combine body knowledge and visual knowledge to allow readers/writers to think about how reading and writing can inhabit multi-dimensional spaces, how texts ‘feel’, and how they can be navigated by touch.