Smart material interfaces: a new form of physical interaction


Vyas, Dhaval and Poelman, Wim and Nijholt, Anton and De Bruijn, Arnoud (2012) Smart material interfaces: a new form of physical interaction. In: ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012, 5-10 May 2012, Austin, TX, USA (pp. pp. 1721-1726).

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Abstract: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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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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