MIT Shows Off Amazing Tactile, Shape-Shifting User Interfaces (w/video)

November 13, 2013 by Dave Haynes

inFORM – Interacting With a Dynamic Shape Display from Tangible Media Group on Vimeo.

The frighteningly bright young minds at MIT are making a lot of progress with the concept of changing interactivity from graphic user interfaces to tactile ones. I can’t begin to explain how this all works, but it’s intriguing and impressive.

The little mechanical blocks that slide up and down as images shape-shift are early stage and very low resolution. But you could imagine what this would be like with very fine blocks, down to pixels wide. I have seen high resolution projection mapping concepts by Christie that play with these concepts for things like seismic exploration maps and military reconnaissance.

Very, very cool stuff.

Full story in Fast Company, but spotted on The Verge



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