Could it sweeten your day if someone you know could say, "Have an M&M"—and dispense it over the Net? Or what about a little doodle that suddenly appears on your desk to say, "Youre special"? This notion, formally termed "nonverbal communication via kinetic objects," took shape in these and other prototype devices shown by researchers from GVO Interaction at the Make IT Easy conference, hosted this month by IBM. Full conference materials are online at www.ibm.com/easy.
Geekspeak: June 18, 2001
How sweet it could be