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Malleable Interface

2018 May / C.A.S.T Workshop / Instructor

Malleable Interface is a research project at C.A.S.T, University of Manitoba, Canada. It focuses on the design of flexible interactions between human body and elastic materials from small to large scale prototypes.

  • Interface setting
  • Motion detect with webcamera

The goal of this project is to empower collaboration, learning, and design by taking advantage of human interaction between physical materials and digital technology. Learning Processing, students will investigate materials which has malleable properties, such as fabric, silicone, rubber, etc.

  • wiremesh + fabric
  • motion detect with webcamera

High depth
Medium depth
Low depth

Mesh-wired fabric is an interface to memorize the hand gesture over time. Flexible and stretch fabric is sewn with wire mesh to memory the wrinkles formed by hand gesture. The web camera detects the depth of wrinkles by comparing the brightness of fabric and wire mesh. 

  • interface setting
  • motion detect with webcamera

Tubular fabric interface has a potential of 360 degree interaction with people. The position of hand and gesture make diverse input parameters. Specifically, the pulling and pushing force generate dynamic variables.

  • interface setting
  • motion detect with webcamera

Followed by previous prototyping playable objects in hand scale, the occupiable and spatial interface is fabricated.