Dropbox..for real describes the idea of an associated physical object which is used to control the functionalities of a screen based interface (like a website) metaphorically. The focus of project was to define meaningful relationships and metaphors for the interactions with a physical object being used to control a website. The web service we used to demonstrate the idea is www.dropbox.com, which offers cloud storage and file synchronization to its client. The exploration was done by studying the features and usage of the web portal and then associating it with the interactions possible with the physical object, which in our experiment was an actual box container. The project outcome is a fully functional prototype capable of executing the very basic functionalities of the web service by simple interactions with the box.

Project by:Mannu Amrit, Jatin Phervani, Mohit Yadav, Neha Kumar

Publication: Amrit, M., Pherwani, J., Yadav, M., & Sorathia, K. (2013, September). Dropbox: drop physical data into your digital world. In Proceedings of the 11th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction (pp. 204-209). ACM