Demo Hour

XVIII.2 March + April 2011
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Digital Citation


Authors:
Loove Broms, Marcelo Coelho, Pattie Maes, Jie Qi, Leah Buechley, Fabian Hemmert, Susann Hamann, Matthias Löwe, Anne Wohlauf, Josefine Zeipelt, Gesche Joost

Energy AWARE Clock

Energy AWARE Clock is designed to make energy awareness a part of everyday life. The 24-hour clock visualizes the daily energy rhythms of a typical household and is intended to function like an ordinary kitchen clock, both in form, place, and use. The clock displays electrical utilization of the household in real time. Yesterday’s graphs fade away slowly and today’s consumption is drawn on top of previous days, making it possible to compare your current electricity consumption with yesterday’s and the day before yesterday.

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Project website: http://www.tii.se/projects/aware/

Publications: Broms, L., Katzeff, C., Bång, M., Nyblom, Å., Ilstedt Hjelm, S., and Ehrnberger, K. Coffee maker patterns and the design of energy feedback artefacts. Proc. of the Eighth ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (Århus, Denmark, Aug. 16–20) ACM, New York, 2010, 93–102.

* Authors

Loove Broms
Interactive Institute | hejLoove@gmail.com

Shutters

Shutters is a kinetic e-textile membrane for environmental control and communication. It is a curtain of actuated louvers that can be individually programmed for precise control of ventilation, daylight incidence, and information display. The shutters’ soft mechanics is based on the electronic actuation of shape-memory alloy, which can be controlled to angle the louvers and dynamically adjust its aperture, regulating shade and ventilation, as well as displaying images and animations.

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Project website: http://web.media.mit.edu/~marcelo/shutters/index.html/

Publications: Coelho, M. and Maes, P. Shutters: A permeable surface for environmental control and communication. Proc. of the Third International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction. (Cambridge, UK, Feb. 16–18) ACM New York, 2009, 13–18.

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Marcelo Coelho, Pattie Maes
MIT Media Lab | marcelosco@gmail.com

Electronic Popables

Electronic Popables is an interactive pop-up book that sparkles, sings, and moves. The book integrates conventional pop-up mechanisms with thin, flexible, paper-based electronics. It is made from a blend of traditional paper craft and standard circuit components with conductive paints and e-textiles. The result is a book that looks and functions much like an ordinary pop-up with the added element of dynamic interactivity. Through this project we explore paper-based computing and the unique opportunities that arise from combining material experimentation, artistic design, and engineering.

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Project website: http://hlt.media.mit.edu/?p=5/

Publication: Qi. J, and Buechley L., Electronic popables: Exploring paper-based computing through an interactive pop-up book. Proc. of the Fourth Tangible and Embedded and Embodied Interaction. (Cambridge, MA, Jan. 25–27). ACM, New York, 2010.

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Jie Qi, Leah Buechley
MIT Media Lab | jieqi@MIT.EDU

Shape-Changing, Weight-Shifting, and Living Mobiles

This project explores ways of making digital content graspable through various prototypes: weight-shifting and shape-changing mobile phones, and a mobile device that articulates lifelike signals. The mobile phone-shaped box prototypes have an actuated back plate, which allows for directional cues (e.g. as a haptic compass), content display augmentation (e.g. representing one’s reading progress through an e-book), and empathy-based displays (e.g. a calm, relaxed pulse as the normal state, as opposed to an excited pulse in case of a missed call).

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Project website: http://on.ted.com/8nkF/

Publications: Hemmert, F., Hamann, S., Löwe, M., Zeipelt, J. and Joost, G., Shape-changing mobiles: Tapering in two-dimensional deformational displays in mobile phones. Proc. of the 28th of the International Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (Atlanta, GA, Apr. 10–15). ACM, New York, 2010.

Hemmert, F., Hamann, S., Löwe, M., Zeipelt, J. and Joost, G., Weight-shifting mobiles: Two-dimensional gravitational displays in mobile phones. Proc. of the 28th of the International Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (Atlanta, GA, Apr. 10–15). ACM, New York, 2010.

* Authors

Fabian Hemmert, Susann Hamann, Matthias Löwe, Anne Wohlauf, Josefine Zeipelt, and Gesche Joost
Deutsche Telekom Laboratories | fabian.hemmert@telekom.de

Footnotes

DOI: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1925820.1925822

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