Substance 40 (3):67-78 (2011)

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Aden Evens
Dartmouth College
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This article explores the role of touch in the human-computer interface, suggesting that touch is strangely completed by vision and abandons its usual haptic quality. The interface relies heavily on touch, but that touch never touches what it reaches for, instead presenting a dynamic of pointing rather than touching. The paper goes on to consider how this unusual mode of touch alters the way this sense operates in the computing context, possibly shaping cognition in relation to the interface.
Keywords touch  pointing  index  interface  mouse  computation  algorithm  haptic
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DOI 10.1353/sub.2011.0024
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