On the desktop, users are accustomed to having visible handles (icons) to objects that they want to organize, share, or manipulate. Web applications today feature many classes of such objects, like flight itineraries, products for sale, people, recipes, and businesses, but there are no interoperable handles for these kinds of things.
As a Google Chrome extension, Clui is a platform for exploring a new data type, called a Webit. Webits provide uniform handles to objects found on the web. You can drag and drop Webits between sites to transfer data, auto-fill search forms, map associated locations, or share Webits with others. See our paper in ACM UIST 2012.
As a technology preview, Clui is still experimental and in pre-alpha state!
Webits represent and embed blocks of information about
real world objects (e.g., apartments, products, people)
Drag Webits from the web to the Clui workspace to organize and
Drop Webits on web applications to transfer the embedded
data, e.g., in order to map places, fill forms, or search
Webits represent real world objects (like an apartment) that you can drag and drop
Drag Webits to the workspace to organize and keep tabs on them
Drag Webits to existing web applications to transfer all their relevant data
This work is sponsored by the T-Party Project, a joint research program between MIT and Quanta Computer Inc., Taiwan.
Clui is developed by Hubert Pham, Justin Mazzola Paluska, Stephanie Yu, Rob Miller, and Steve Ward. Contact us at email@example.com.