Materials that matter: Smart materials meet art & interaction design

A. Minuto

    Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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“[...] Although the tangible representation allows the physical embodiment to be directly coupled to digital information, it has limited ability to represent change in many material or physical properties. Unlike malleable pixels on the computer screen, it is very hard to change a physical object in its form, position, or properties (e.g. color, size) in real time‿1. Nowadays there are new (smart) materials that can change this situation and potentially influence the future of tangible technology.This thesis will introduce you to a vision called Smart Material Interfaces (SMIs), which takes advantage of the new generation of these engineered materials. They are capable of changing their physical properties, such as shape, size, and color, and can be controlled by using certain stimuli (light, potential difference, temperature and so forth). We use the material property itself to deliver informations. We do this the context various experiments and contexts.To facilitate the reading, we built a path within the structure of this thesis. It leads from the introduction through all the studies and all the experiments we made. We divided it into parts that try to reflect our experience. Beside the initial part (A wide perspective Part i) and the conclusion (Conclusions and future Part v) there are three main parts.In Design (Part ii) we create the message through the design of our interface. In Experience (Part iii) we create a learning path for children, experiencing SMIs as part of their own stories. In Growth (Part iv), we delegate the duty of creation to older students, preparing the terrain where to build their own message for them.1Hiroshi Ishii. Tangible bits: beyond pixels. In Proc. of TEI’08, TEI 08, pages xv–xxv, New York, NY, USA, 2008. ACM. ISBN 978-1-60558-004-3. doi: 1347392.!
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Twente
    • Nijholt, Anton, Supervisor
    Award date7 Oct 2016
    Place of PublicationEnschede, The Netherlands
    Print ISBNs978-90-365-4169-5
    Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2016


    • METIS-317783
    • IR-101221
    • EWI-27204
    • Smart materials
    • Smart Material Interfaces
    • Education
    • Teaching
    • Tangible Interfaces
    • Interaction Design
    • Methodologies


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