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LiquidText makes "active reading" a little more intuitive

Contributed by Joshua Hailpern, Research Scientist in HP Labs' Social Computing Research Group


tashman 1.jpgHP Labs often plays host to visiting scholars and thought leaders from our wider innovation ecosystem - offering us the possibility to share new ideas, explore collaborations, and expand our researchers' horizons. Dr. Craig Tashman recently visited HP Labs Palo Alto to share and discuss LiquidText - a new and more flexible approach to document interaction and reading. As a recent PhD graduate from Georgia Tech’s School of Interactive Computing, Dr. Tashman is currently heading an early stage Atlanta startup to develop and market products based upon his doctoral research. 


"We wanted to help people read. Not the casual reading of a novel or magazine, but active reading—the reading that requires you to highlight and take notes, or to write in the margin and flip between pages. But remarkably, whether using paper or PCs, this active reading is hard—and the difficulty often stems from a rigidity inherent in the ways in which people interact with typical software and even paper."


tashman 2.jpgDuring his presentation and demonstrations of LiquidText, Dr. Tashman shared his research results that show how a multitouch experience can give readers a rich, gestural vocabulary for visualizing, navigating, and annotating text. For example, some things that used to be hard, like comparing several sections of a long text, creating annotations that refer to many parts of a text at once, or aggregating your annotations together without losing their context, are now easy. Through smooth, "liquid like" interactions, Dr. Tashman's system turns static documents into rich dynamic reading.


Learn more about Dr. Tashman's work in the video below:

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