Demo Hour


Issue: XXII.3 May - June 2015
Page: 8
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Jasjeet Singh Seehra, Ansh Verma

The combination of technological progress and a growing interest in design has promoted the rise of DIY (do it yourself) and craft activities. In a similar spirit, we introduce HandiMate, a platform that makes it easier to fabricate and animate electromechanical systems from everyday objects without technical expertise. Users assemble their handcrafted creations with joint modules and animate them via gestures. The joint modules are packaged with an actuator, a wireless communication device, and a micro-controller. This modularization makes quick electromechanical prototyping a matter of pressing together Velcro. Animating these constructions is made intuitive and simple by a glove-based gestural controller. We further conducted studies to evaluate the gender perception of the kit. We found that via the act of crafting, the kit appeals to both genders equally.

Seehra, J.S., Verma, A., Peppler, K., and Ramani, K. HandiMate: Create and animate using everyday objects as material. Proc. of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction. ACM, New York, 2015, 117–124. DOI: 10.1145/2677199.2680570

Verma, A., Yoon, S.H., Peppler, K., and Ramani, K. HandiMate: Exploring a modular robotics kit animating crafted toys. Proc. of Interaction Design and Children 2015. To appear.

Jasjeet Singh Seehra, Purdue University
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Ansh Verma, Purdue University
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Kylie Peppler, Indiana University Bloomington
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Karthik Ramani, Purdue University
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