PneUIIssue: XXI.3 May-June 2014
Lining Yao, Ryuma Niiyama, Jifei Ou, Sean Follmer, and Hiroshi Ishii
Inspired by ocean organisms that morph and move bodies without rigid skeletons, PneUI (p'newee) is an enabling technology to build shape-changing interfaces through pneumatically actuated soft composite materials. The composite materials integrate the capabilities of both input sensing and active shape output. This is enabled by the composites' multilayer structures with different mechanical or electrical properties. The shape-changing states are computationally controllable through pneumatics and predefined structure. The design space of PneUI is explored through four applications: height-changing tangible phicons, a shape-changing mobile device, a transformable tablet case, and a shape-shifting lamp.
Yao, L., Niiyama, R., Ou, J., Follmer, S., Della Silva, C., and Ishii, H. PneUI: Pneumatically actuated soft composite materials for shape changing interfaces. Proc. of UIST'13. ACM, New York, 13–22.
Lining Yao, MIT Media Lab
Ryuma Niiyama, MIT Media Lab
Jifei Ou, MIT Media Lab
Sean Follmer, MIT Media Lab
Hiroshi Ishii, MIT Media Lab