What differentiates Open Tables from traditional online forums, as what site may appear at first, is that the core aim of OT is the physical environment where users can interact with the content.Â The first prototype of Open Tables was launched as a â€˜fast architectureâ€™ installation at theÂ Tent London 2008 design event, at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane between 18th and 21st September. Visitors were able to interact with the content through a number of physical "tables" arranged in the space built using recycling object. In addition, digital whiteboard were installed where visitors were able to draw over the content. Most interfaces were built using MaxMSP which communicated with the WebApp, updating content as users were doing so in the space. Other elements included a non-linear way of navigating articles usingÂ Knowledge Cartography flash application developed byÂ Marco Quaggiotto.
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