LIME: LIquid MEtal Interface
LIME interface is developed with a special room-temperature liquid metal GaIn25. It enables new interaction styles such as liquid-format physical display and dynamic haptic feedback, opening new possibilities for non-rigid interaction. This work has been presented at UIST 2016.
What is Life? If a liquid metal droplet can eat and digest aluminum, obtaining energy for its own movement; can play with companions, or even have personalities such as shyness, curiosity, brightness and naughty, is it alive?
MetaLife is a series of interactive installations, representing different "personalities" of liquid metal "mollusks".
This work has been presented at Ars Electronica 2016 Campus Exhibition, 2nd Xinjiang International Art Biennale, and 4th International Exhibition on Art and Science, Beijing.
Zooo is a multi-animatronics stage that allows users to control up to three animatronics simultaneously. With a easy-to-use story editing software tool, school students can design motions for each puppet, and create their own story using multi puppet actors.
This work has won the UIST 2015 Student Innovation Contest Best Hardware Prize.
TwistBlock is a pluggable and twistable modular interface, which supports the “modeling by manipulating” concept. The 2DOF twistable node can be plugged and manipulated with a specific direction. By assembling these modules and adjusting positions of each module, user can easily generate a digital model in real time.
PolyHinge is a novel actuated TUI, enabling active shape-changing feedbacks. Based on its extended structures of hinged dissection and connection, forms of transformation are highly diverse.
JECCO: A Creature-Like Tentacle Robot
JECCO is inspired by an imaginary artwork series. JECCO robot has five robotic tentacles and a novel creature-like interaction mechanism. JECCO responds to a user's contact gestures and provides to users a sense of a living creature. The tentacle expression of JECCO robot provides a unique interaction style and impressive experiences.
This work has been presented at ACE 2012.
This study presents an interactive configuration tool that assists non-expert users to design specific navigation route for mobile robot. The user places active markers, called pebbles, on the floor along the desired route in order to guide the robot to the destination. The active markers establish a navigation network by communicating each other with IR beacon and the robot follows the markers to reach the designated goal. During the installation, a user can get effective feedback from LED indicators and voice prompts, so that the user can immediately understand if the navigation route is appropriately configured as expected. With this tool anyone can enable a simple robot to conduct more functional tasks, such as surveillance and delivery.
This work has been presented at UIST 2012 demo session.
HATs: Height Adjustable Tangibles
HATs are active tangibles with 4 degrees of freedom that are capable of moving, rotating and changing height. By adding height as an additional dimension for manipulation and representation, HATs offer more freedom to users than ordinary tangibles. HATs support bidirectional interaction, enabling them to reflect changes in the digital model via active visual feedback and to assist users via haptic feedback.
This work has been presented at ITS 2012.
RoboTable: A Mixed-Reality Tabletop Gaming Platform
RoboTable is an exploratory project which looks for the possibility of employing robots in tabletop games. In the RoboTable games, players play with both virtual objects and tangible robots on the table. The RoboTable platform development creates a basic mixed-reality tabletop gaming environment.