Flexibles

Project Details
Project Name :

Flexibles

Project Category :

01Digital Fabrication Technologies

Client Review :

(CHI 2017)

Description :

Flexibles

Deformation-Aware 3D-Printed Tangibles for Capacitive Touchscreens



We introduce Flexibles: 3D-printed flexible tangibles that are deformation-aware and operate on capacitive touchscreens. Flexibles add expressive deformation input to interaction with on-screen tangibles. Based on different types of deformation mapping, we contribute a set of 3D-printable mechanisms that capture pressing, squeezing, and bending input with multiple levels of intensities. They can be integrated into 3D-printed objects with custom geometries and on different locations. A Flexible is printed in a single pass on a consumer-level 3D printer without requiring further assembly. Through a series of interactive prototypes, example applications and a technical evaluation, we show the technical feasibility and the wide applicability of Flexibles.




Deformation-Aware 3D-Printed Tangibles for Capacitive Touchscreens

Publication

Martin Schmitz, Jürgen Steimle, Jochen Huber, Niloofar Dezfuli, Max Mühlhäuser
In Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing CHI’17, ACM Press, 2017
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