Tangible and Embodied Digital Storytelling

Current Project

This paper presents a preliminary framework to inform the analysis and design of tangible narratives. Researchers and designers have been using tangible user interfaces (TUIs) for storytelling over the past two decades, but to date no comprehensive analysis of these systems exists. We argue that storytelling systems that use digitally-enhanced physical objects form a unique medium with identifiable narrative characteristics. Our framework isolates these characteristics and focuses on the user's perspective to identify commonalities between existing systems, as well as gaps that can be addressed by new systems.

Related Papers

2018-Sensory VR: Smelling, Touching, and Eating Virtual Reality

2017-Tangible VR: Diegetic Tangible Objects for Virtual Reality Narratives

2016-Towards a Framework for Tangible Narratives

Start Date

Jan. 1, 2016

PhD Students

Daniel Harley


Jean Ho Chu

Jamie Kwan


Ali Mazalek