Follow the Grass: a Smart Material Interactive Pervasive Display

A. Minuto, Gijs Huisman, Antinus Nijholt

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    Smart materials offer new possibilities for creating engaging and interesting forms of interaction and ways of displaying information in a material way. In this paper we describe Follow the Grass, a concept of an interactive pervasive display for public spaces. The display will be built up out of a number of blades of grass that are actuated in eight directions using nitinol muscle wires (i.e. a shape-memory alloy). A Microsoft Kinect-based tracking system is employed to detect users’ presence. Follow the Grass can be used for entertainment purposes by displaying animations through movement of the grass, as well as for indoor way-finding and ambient persuasive guidance.We present a number of scenarios with varying scales of interaction, and different applications, followed by a description of the initial hardware design of a single blade of grass and its actuated root. We will give a description of the tracking system, and how it tracks users and is capable of identifying individuals. Finally we will provide suggestions for the further development.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings 11th International Conference on Entertainment Computing (ICEC 2012)
    EditorsMarc Herrlich, Rainer Malaka, Maic Masuch
    Place of PublicationHeidelberg, Berlin
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)978-3-642-33541-9
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2012
    Event11th International Conference on Entertainment Computing, ICEC 2012 - Bremen, Germany
    Duration: 26 Sept 201229 Sept 2012
    Conference number: 11

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    Conference11th International Conference on Entertainment Computing, ICEC 2012
    Abbreviated titleICEC


    • IR-81282
    • METIS-287986
    • organic
    • ambient
    • EWI-22189
    • display
    • Smart material interface
    • quiet computing

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