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Thomas Wrensch


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Wrensch, Thomas, Blauvelt, Glenn and Eisenberg, Michael (2000): The rototack: designing a computationally-enhanced craft item. In: Designing Augmented Reality Environments 2000 2000. pp. 93-101. Available online

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Wrensch, Thomas and Eisenberg, Michael (1998): The Programmable Hinge: Toward Computationally Enhanced Crafts. In: Mynatt, Elizabeth D. and Jacob, Robert J. K. (eds.) Proceedings of the 11th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology November 01 - 04, 1998, San Francisco, California, United States. pp. 89-96. Available online

Traditionally, the practitioners of home crafting and the practitioners of computing tend to occupy distinct, non-overlapping cultures. Those small, ubiquitous items of the crafting culture -- string, thumbtacks, screws, nails, and so forth -- thus tend to be viewed as inevitably "low-tech" objects. This paper describes our initial efforts toward integrating computational and crafting media by creating an instance of a computationally-enhanced craft item: a programmable hinge. We describe several prototype models of the hinge; outline a sample project in which the hinge might be employed; and discuss a variety of fundamental issues that affect the design of computationally-enhanced craft items generally.

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