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Shape Resolution “Morphees”

Shape Resolution “Morphees”

Using shape memory alloys and other technology, researchers are creating mobile devices that can morph into different forms to serve different functions and have coined the phrase, “shape resolution”.

Morphees – [youtube.com]

We introduce the term shape resolution, which adds to the existing definitions of screen and touch resolution. We propose a framework, based on a geometric model (Non- Uniform Rational B-splines), which defines a metric for shape resolution in ten features. We illustrate it by comparing the current related work of shape changing devices. We then propose the concept of Morphees that are self-actuated flexible mobile devices adapting their shapes on their own to the context of use in order to offer better affordances. For instance, when a game is launched, the mobile device morphs into a console-like shape by curling two opposite edges to be better grasped with two hands. We then create preliminary prototypes of Morphees in order to explore six different building strategies using advanced shape changing materials (dielectric electro active polymers and shape memory alloys). By comparing the shape resolution of our prototypes, we generate insights to help designers toward creating high shape resolution Morphees.

Morphees hits the press – [bris.ac.uk]

Anne Roudaut presented Morphees at CHI 2013 this week. “Morphees,” are thin, electronic displays capable of automatically changing shape to perform certain functions. The project has been featured by national news and a whole host of tech blogs.

Shape-shifting mobile devices – [bris.ac.uk]

Prototype mobile devices that can change shape on-demand will be unveiled today [Monday 29 April] and could lay down the foundation for creating high shape resolution devices of the future.
The research paper, to be presented at one of the world’s most important conferences on human-computer interfaces, will introduce the term ‘shape resolution’ and its ten features, to describe the resolution of an interactive device: in addition to display and touch resolution.

The research, led by Dr Anne Roudaut and Professor Sriram Subramanian, from the University of Bristol’s Department of Computer Science, have used ‘shape resolution’ to compare the resolution of six prototypes the team have built using the latest technologies in shape changing material, such as shape memory alloy and electro active polymer.

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