“ClaytricSurface:An Interactive Surface with Dynamic Softness Control Capability” by Matoba, Sato, Takahashi and Koike

  • ©Yasushi Matoba, Toshiki Sato, Nobuhiro Takahashi, and Hideki Koike

  • ©Yasushi Matoba, Toshiki Sato, Nobuhiro Takahashi, and Hideki Koike


    ClaytricSurface:An Interactive Surface with Dynamic Softness Control Capability


Entry Number: 06


    For a long time, solid planar surfaces have been commonly used for computer displays. Recently, there have been many attempts to provide a flexible element with the display surface to extend possibilities of interaction by utilizing many flexible materials, such as elastomer, sand or clay [Piper et al. 2002]. However, in many traditional flexible display to date, this softness element has been considered as a static element and thus unchangeable. Thus, traditional flexible surface limits the possible interaction that is supported on each surface due to the interactive element being strongly dependent on the physical/chemical properties of display material.

    In order to address this problem, we proposed the idea of“ Dynamic Flexibility ”for the display medium and developed a novel interactive surface with the capability of dynamic flexibility control. The main features of this surface are as follows: First, the user can use the display as both a traditional rigid/planar display and also a flexible/non planar display. Second, the surface of the display is able to present the gradual dynamic translation of its properties from soft to hard and vice versa. In addition, the user or the system can quickly switch the surface softness state at anytime.


    PIPER, B., RATTI, C., AND ISHII, H. 2002. Illuminating clay: a 3-d tangible interface for landscape analysis. In Proc. of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems, ACM, New York, NY, USA, CHI ’02, 355–362.

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