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Objects, Containers, Gestures, and Manipulations

An interesting paper exploring new metaphors for user interaction in multitouch and multiuser environments.

Objects, Containers, Gestures, and Manipulations: Universal Foundational Metaphors of Natural User Interfaces

By Ron George, Joshua Blake

Here’s the abstract:

In this paper, we propose Objects, Containers, Gestures, and Manipulations (OCGM, pronounced like Occam’s Razor) as universal foundational metaphors of Natural User Interfaces. We compare OCGM to existing paradigms using SRK behavior classification and early childhood cognitive development, and justify the “universal” and “foundational” descriptors based upon cognitive linguistics and universal grammar. If adopted, OCGM would significantly improve the conceptual understanding of NUIs by developers and designers and ultimately result in better NUI applications.

A PDF of the paper is available here.

by View all posts by Jim Spadaccini on October 13, 2011