“Spatial management of information” by Donelson

  • ©William C. Donelson




    Spatial management of information



    Methods of spatially managing data are currently under study at the Architecture Machine Group. Management concepts are drawn from everyday examples of paper and document handling. However, the work elaborates data types to include: animation, movies, and sound-sync computer graphics. Beyond the application of management information systems, the paper portrays a sophisticated surround of keyboardless, interactive, and large scale graphics. Computer graphics, image processing, and broadcast are viewed as one. The system includes three frame buffers, four minicomputers, two touch sensitive displays, an octophonic sound system, and an MCA Optical Videodisc.


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