Touch screens are usually hard, flat and unable to be physically altered.
ForceForm is a prototype dynamically deformable interactive surface that provides haptic feedback. We use a a grid of computer controlled electromagnets and a deformable membrane with permanent magnets embedded to produce a deformable interactive surface. The system can get the user's finger position using a Cyclotouch IR overlay, which allows us to move the surface up or down where the user touches, allowing the user to sculpt the surface. We can also visualise data gathered from other sources as a deformed plane. The system has a fast reaction time, enabling dynamic interaction.
This prototype system has been developed in the Information and Human Centred Computing Group (iHcc) in the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University. Want more info? Contact jessica (dot) tsimeris (at) anu.edu.au