What is the striking difference between doing in a purely non-digital world and doing though, on, at and with digitally augmented physical entities? The work described in this article sets out to explore the nature of the physical an digital world at a material level. To contemplate the two worlds in direct parallel an to understand and discuss the physical world on an abstract level, the philosophical work of Peter Unger is introduced. This framework is then used to understand the digital world at a similar abstract level. In the wake of that, two main concepts are being coined, namely Physicality and Digitality. Each of which captures the essence of the two worlds, including their individual defining basic qualities. through an increase in understanding of the two terms we hope to inform designers and researchers about the intermixture of the two worlds.
Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Physicality: Physicality 2007, 2007, p. 93-99