Light-emitting coatings have both a storied past and a bright future. This circuit board turns electro-luminescent materials into capacitive touch sensors through a trick of control. The technology can be used to make environments responsive without a screen or a headset.
University of Texas at Austin, Foolish Products, LLC
Foolish Products, LLC
This research in human-computer integration demonstrates devices that share the user’s muscles for input and output by using medically safe electrical-muscle stimulation. The devices transform human arms in interactive plotters, teach new physical skills, and provide physical sensations in virtual reality.
Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Softwaresystemtechnik GmbH
In this extension of fabric composed of fiber materials, it is possible to detect the XY coordinate and the pressure of the substance touched by the cloth. The system is flexible and lightweight, and compared to existing methods, the structure is simple, so it can be manufactured at very low cost.
Tokyo Metropolitan University
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
With ActMold, users print circuits using conductive ink, create objects with vacuum forming, and apply heat to re-create molded objects such as an illuminating badge and a speaking mask.
The University of Tokyo