Conference 5–9 August 2012
Exhibition 7–9 August 2012
Los Angeles Convention Center

ClaytricSurface: An Interactive Surface With Dynamic Softness Control Capability

Los Angeles Convention Center, Concourse Foyer

In the field of human-computer interaction, specifically interface-surface research, the "softness" of a surface medium is one significant factor in determining a suitable means of interaction. With direct touch input, for example, the degree of surface softness allows for generation of various touch sensations and tactile feedback. Softness also affects the shape of the surface: a soft surface allow users to deform the surface at will, while a hard surface maintains its shape. So far, flexible surfaces have been considered static and unchangeable.

ClaytricSurface considers the softness of a surface to be dynamic and thus further explores interaction possibilities with this type of surface. The surface can be used as both a traditional rigid, planar display and a flexible soft display. And users can dynamically change the surface tension at any time.

Yasushi Matoba
The University of Electro-Communications

Toshiki Sato
The University of Electro-Communications

Nobuhiro Takahashi
The University of Electro-Communications

Hideki Koike
The University of Electro-Communications