Design and Fabrication of Body-based Interfaces

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Project Name :

Design and Fabrication of Body-based Interfaces

Project Category :

02Body Interaction, Aditya, Adwait, bruno, Featured Project, madalina, marc, marie, marion, Narjes, Paul, Steimle

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CHI 2023 Lab Demo

Description :

Design and Fabrication of Body-Based Interfaces

(Demo of Saarland HCI Lab)

This Interactivity shows live demonstrations of our lab’s most recent work on body-based interfaces. The soft, curved and deformable surface of the human body presents unique opportunities and challenges for interfaces. New form factors, materials and interaction techniques are required that move past the conventional rigid, planar and rectangular devices and the corresponding interaction styles. We highlight three themes of challenges for soft body-based interfaces:
1) How to design interfaces that are optimized for the body? We demonstrate how interactive computational design tools can help novices and experts to create better device designs.
2) Once they are designed, how to physically prototype and fabricate soft interfaces? We show accessible DIY fabrication methods for soft devices made of functional materials that make use of biomaterials.
3) How to leverage the richness of interacting on the body? We demonstrate on-body and off-body interactions that leverage the soft properties of the interface.



Jürgen Steimle, Marie Muehlhaus, Madalina Nicolae, Aditya Shekhar Nittala, Narjes Pourjafarian, Adwait Sharma, Marc Teyssier, Marion Koelle, Bruno Fruchard, Paul Strohmeier
In Extended Abstracts of the 2023 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA’23), ACM Press, 2023.