a new method for querying relational databases & live data streams through the manipulation of physical objects. parameterized query fragments are embodied as physical tokens ("parameter wheels"). these tokens are manipulated, interpreted, & graphically augmented on a series of sliding racks, to which data visualizations adapt in real time.
see also bumptop desktop metaphor.
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