The Media Matrix project draws on ideas from distributed, embedded, and parallel computing in order to address the creation and management of databases composed of large collections of physical objects (e.g. mini DVs in a rack or books in a library). See this CHI short paper for a more detailed explanation. A broader overview is given in this poster. The Media Matrix was presented as an interactive poster at CHI 2001 in Seattle, WA.
The Media Matrix concept drew inspiration from concepts in the Tangible Media Group and the Object-Based Media Group's Paintable Computing project. Collaborators Josh Lifton and TMG's Jay Lee initiated the Media Matrix project as a final project for Ted Selker's Industrial Design Intelligence class offered Fall 2000. It has since been carried on by Josh.