Stretchis: Fabricating Highly Stretchable User Interfaces

Michael Wessely 1, 2 Theophanis Tsandilas 1, 2 Wendy E. Mackay 1, 2
1 EX-SITU - Extreme Interaction
LRI - Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique, Inria Saclay - Ile de France
Abstract : Recent advances in materials science research have enabled the production of highly stretchable sensors and displays. However, such technologies are not yet accessible to non-expert makers. We present a novel and inexpensive fabrication method for creating Stretchis, highly stretchable user interfaces that combine sensing capabilities and visual output. We use Polydimethylsiloxan (PDMS) as the base material for a Stretchi and show how to embed stretchable touch and proximity sensors and stretchable electroluminescent displays. Stretchis can be ultra-thin, flexible, and fully customizable, enabling non-expert makers to add interaction to elastic physical objects, shape-changing surfaces, fabrics, and the human body. We demonstrate the usefulness of our approach with three application examples that include ubiquitous computing, wearables and on-skin interaction.
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Michael Wessely, Theophanis Tsandilas, Wendy E. Mackay. Stretchis: Fabricating Highly Stretchable User Interfaces. ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST), Oct 2016, Tokyo, Japan. pp.697-704, ⟨10.1145/2984511.2984521⟩. ⟨hal-01412289⟩

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