Developing the Drift Table

Andrew Boucher*, William Gaver

*Corresponding author for this work

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A functional prototype of a drift table using inbuilt load sensors has been developed at Lancaster University to track objects. Drift Table is developed as part of a project started with a Cultural Probes study of London Households. The initial concept sketch for the drift table suggests a dining table whose entire surface would be a screen displaying a real photography scrolling on the distribution of weight placed on it. The final structure of the draft table passes through a series of considerations, such as experience issues, aesthetic issues, and engineering issues. Many of the issues have been resolved by GetMapping, a company that agreed to donate a copy of their entire data set, about a terabyte of high-resolution digital images of England and Wales. The final internal composition of the Draft Table is an indication of the detail work that is required to make the prototype robust, reliable, and safe.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationInteractions
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

Research Group keywords

  • Interaction Research Studio


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