Autonomous Behaviour in Tangible User Interfaces as a Design Factor

P1030259The use of autonomous behaviour in Tangible User Interfaces can potentially create a compelling and new kind of interaction between humans and computers. I motivate this argument by reviewing related research, which indicates that people are engaged by apparently autonomous behaviours in tangible objects and apply rules of social behaviour towards these smart objects. I hope to leverage this effect in support of human-computer interaction. Rather than aiming to improve user performance, such interfaces may offer a richer and more enjoyable autonomous interface interaction.