A malleable physical interface for copying, pasting, and organizing digital clips

Florian Block*, Nicolas Villar, Hans Gellersen

*Corresponding author for this work

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We present a system that extends a typical workstation environment with a malleable physical interface for working with digital clips. It allows users to pick digital clips, give each its own dedicated key for direct access, and combine keys dynamically on a physical surface in a way that inherently reflects the state of an extended clipboard. The system affords copying and pasting of multiple clips each directly accessible through its own key shortcut. The keys can also be dynamically re-arranged to organize clips, and taken from workstation to another to transport clips, acting simultaneously as token and as copy-paste-interface for a digital object.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI'08 - Second International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction - Conference Proceedings
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event2nd International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction, TEI 2008 - Bonn, Germany
Duration: 18 Feb 200820 Feb 2008


Conference2nd International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction, TEI 2008


  • Clipboard extension
  • Physical interfaces

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