Rethinking Interaction

Designer: Haoyu Dong – TU/e
Coaches: Miguel Bruns

What happens as our interactions “disappear?

Due to the minimal physical presence of microcontrollers, sensors, and actuators, interactive devices are increasingly “disappearing” into a wide range of physical environments. However, this context of disappearing interaction may cause confusion to users regarding where and how to interact with embedded interfaces. This research-through-design focused project investigates disappearing interaction in the case of interactive textiles. As a tangible user interface for volume control, Feedforward provides both visual and shape-changing effects. Touch the textile interface with a finger and draw a circle, rotating your touch. Feedforward investigates the relationship between signals of control and effects on the external environment.