The Drift Table: An Introduction

Boucher, Andy and Law, Andy. 2003. 'The Drift Table: An Introduction'. In: Viper, the International Festival for Film Video and New Media.. Basel 21-25 November 2003. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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The Drift Table is an electronic coffee table that displays slowly moving aerial photography controlled by the distribution of weight on its surface. It was designed to investigate our ideas about how technologies for the home could support ludic activities-that is, activities motivated by curiosity, exploration, and reflection rather than externally-defined tasks. The many design choices we made, for example to block or disguise utilitarian functionality, helped to articulate our emerging understanding of ludic design. Observations of the Drift Table being used in volunteers' homes over several weeks gave greater insight into how playful exploration is practically achieved and the issues involved in designing for ludic engagement.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Talk)

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Design > Interaction Research Studio


21 November 2003["eprint_fieldopt_dates_date_type_shown" not defined]

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21-25 November 2003

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23 Nov 2010 13:52

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20 Jun 2017 13:38


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