TaPuMa is a Tangible Public Map, which allows people to use their own belongings, the objects they usually carry with them to access relevant and just-in-time information and locations of places from a public map. The project also explores and analyzes the advantages and challenges of this novel interaction mechanism, where real life objects serve as the interface for information acquirement. The broad concept behind the project TaPuMa is �Object Amelioration�, where the functions of everyday objects can be expanded by using their affordances or functionalities in a variety of different contexts.The vast improvement in classical methods of information access and information retrieval has resulted from the invention of keyword-based search mechanism. Keywords serve as filters for desired information when users search in structured knowledge bases or with search engines such as Yahoo! or Google. TaPuMa uses everyday objects as interface to just-in-time and relevant infomration.


Pranav Mistry, Tsuyoshi Kuroki and Chaochi Chang. “TaPuMa: Tangible Public Map for Information Acquirement through the Things We Carry. ” In the Proceedings of the International Conference on Ambient Media and Systems (Amby-sys2008). Quebec City, Canada., February 2008.