It’s an illustration of the answer to Dan O’Sullivan and Tom Igoe’s question (from the book “Physical Computing”) of “what does a person look like to a computer?” In other words, to most computers with a mouse, keyboard, and GUI “we might look like a hand with one finger, one eye, and two ears. ” (2002, ppxi-xix).
On the 40th anniversary of the “Mother of All Demos” (where Doug Engelbart premiered that very interface), it’s worth looking thinking about how newer devices ‘see us’.
For example, from an iPhone’s perspective, we might have quite a few tentacles (after all, it’s all about stroking, not clicking). That said, we’re definitely something big and powerful, since we can affect the accelerometers by rotating the device. And add-ons like the Heart Monitor Application might make an iPhone realise we are alive ….
A Wii might see us as one huge hand and eye.
iPod + Nike Fit would see us as feet and fingers. The list goes on ….