Haptic Interfaces: Extending Object Capabilities

Whilst looking for more up-to-date scanning devices I came across this nice haptic interface that extends the capabilities of everyday objects. It comes from the Fluid Interfaces Group of the MIT Media Lab and uses my favourite definition of a haptic device as a device you can use in the dark (or with your eyes closed).

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I think they were more interested in identifying objects that were ubiquitous, simple and obvious to use rather than in their specifically haptic nature.

But what is interesting about this proposal is that it allows such simple devices to be given extra powers, to for instance to allow the light switch to change the colour of the light.


Heun, V., Kasahara, S., Maes, P.
“Smarter Objects: Using AR technology to Program Physical Objects and their Interactions”
ACM Intl. Conf. Human Factors in Computing (CHI 2013), Work-In-Progress

About Graham Shawcross

Architect PhD student at Edinburgh University Interested in order, rhythm and pattern in Architectural Design
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