Smart material interfaces : a new form of physical interaction

Vyas, Dhaval, Poelman, Wim, Nijholt, Anton, & De Bruijn, Arnout (2012) Smart material interfaces : a new form of physical interaction. In Proceedings of CHI '12 : Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas, pp. 1721-1726.

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Smart Material Interface (SMI) is the latest generation of user interface that makes use of engineered materials and leverages their special properties. SMIs are capable of changing their physical properties such as shape, size and color, and can be controlled under certain (external) conditions. We provide an example of such an SMI in the form of a prototype of a vacuum cleaner. The prototype uses schematic electrochromic polymer at the suction nozzle of the vacuum cleaner, which changes its color depending on the dust level on a floor. We emphasize on the new affordances and communication language supported by SMIs, which challenges the current metaphors of user interfaces in the field of HCI.

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ID Code: 70494
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Ubiquitous Computing, Smart Materials, Arduino
ISBN: 978145031016
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors.
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2014 03:11
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 16:56

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