Multiple-Desk User Interface
Original Publication Date: 1983-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
The Spatial Data Management System (SDMS) of the Architecture Machine Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has implemented a user interface that presents the view of spatially distributed data elements to the user. The objects of the interface (telephone, photo album, piles of documents) have a position on a large two-dimensional surface, to be thought of as a large virtual desk. Users navigate around in this space by remembering that the telephone is in the upper right corner, for example. The user interface has been found to be easy to learn and efficient for a user to use. A generalization of the SDMS user interface is described herein in which the user is presented with multiple virtual desks, one for each of the activities or roles of the user.