Spatial Data Management System
Final technical rept. 1 Oct 1976-30 Sep 1978
MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE ARCHITECTURE MACHINE GROUP
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The Architecture Machine Group has been developing an experimental information system which exploits the users sense of spatiality to organize and access data. Conceptual roots lie in the observation that one can readily locate and retrieve some book from ones bookshelf, or the appointment calendar from ones desktop, on the basis of where it is, or where one put it, in a well- learned, familiar space. A prototype system has been developed that uses wall- sized, full color digital television with synchronized stereo sound to create a virtual spatial world, Dataland, over which the user helicopters via joystick control. Items of interest seen through a graphics window can be zoomed in upon and interactively perused. Data types include maps, text, book-like items, letters, photographs, slides, movies, sound and television. Results thus far suggest that the user quickly learns on the order of minutes to navigate about such a space, and readily adopts a spatial way of regarding and discussing data. The approach of managing data spatially is offfered not as an alternative in competition with managing data on a symbolic or name basis, but as a complement thereto. This manner of dealing with data should have special appeal for that class of user for whom directness and immediacy are essential qualities for interaction.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems