Next Tuesday at BayCHI-East, Bill Verplank is giving a talk entitled, “Physical Interaction Design.”

I wrote to Elan about this today:

physical interaction design…. sounds like Industrial Design and Interaction Design combined, no?

Exactly! This talk is such an odd coincidence for me because for the past few months I’ve been struggling with whether I want to apply to an HCI program or the Product Design Program here at Stanford.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to combine the two, but haven’t been able to find much written on the subject.

This sounds like exactly what I want to be doing!
I’m so excited this guy is at Stanford. I can’t wait to talk to him!

The BayCHI East Bay BOF and UC Berkeley’s Human Centered Computing Seminar
Jointly Present

Title: Physical Interaction Design
Speaker: Bill Verplank

Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Location: Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center, UC Berkeley

How does the physical form of a computer interface influence the style
of human-computer interaction? How have embedded computers made us
doubt even the simplest control? What is the essential difference
between a button and a handle? Experiments at Interval Research making
interfaces more tangible included active force feedback (haptics) and a
new course at Stanford focused on input devices for making music.

BILL VERPLANK is an interaction designer and human factors engineer.
He is currently a lecturer at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research
in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and on the steering committee of the
Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, Italy. He studied and taught at
MIT and Stanford, tested and designed at Xerox and IDEO, and researched
at Interval.

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Bill Verplank - Physical Interaction Design