Squamae_Augmented Physicality


Even if ubiquitous computing is allowing us to close the gap between our real and our digital lives, the interaction modalities through which this happens are still somehow cumbersome. Squamae is an exploratory attempt to design a wearable device that can seamlessly communicate information through its changing shape. Crafted in PLA and flexible plastic, Squamae is a matrix of 16 physical pixels that can be actuated independently and flip upward. The interface can be used to display different kinds of digital information, from descriptive (e.g. notifying you that an email is being sent), to prescriptive (e.g. telling you which direction to take).

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Overview

Final bachelor project, 16 weeks (Fall 2015); Developed individually as FBP, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Coached by Panos Markopoulos and Qi Wang;

Keywords

Physical Computing, Digital Fabrication, Speculative Design;

Publication

Giacolini, L., Squamae: a Prototype to Compare Physical-based to Graphical-Based Feedback Modalities, Sider 2016, Malmo, Sweden;

Exhibits

. Accenture High Performance Digital Conference, March 26th 2016 @ DeFabrique, Utrecht, The Netherlands;
. Genuino day, April 2nd 2016 @ MINC, Malmo, Sweden;