The Tangible Media Group, led by
Professor Hiroshi Ishii, explores the
Tangible Bits & Radical Atoms visions
to seamlessly couple the dual world
of bits and atoms by giving dynamic
physical form to digital information
A graphical user interface only lets us see information and interact with it indirectly, as if we were looking through the surface of the water to interact with the forms below.
A tangible user interface is like an iceberg: there is a portion of the digital that emerges beyond the surface of the water—into the physical realm—so that we may interact directly with it.
Radical Atoms describes our vision for the future of interaction, in which all digital information has physical manifestation so that we can interact directly with it—as if the iceberg had risen from the depths to reveal its sunken mass.