Here is an update to a prototype I posted a couple months ago. While the relevance to my thesis was much more tangible in earlier stages of the thesis concept development, it is still very focus on materials and the potential for new interactions through new and alternative applications.
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This is a prototype mockup for an interface that uses nails (or any other conductive protrusion) and conductive thread as input and thermochromic cells as output. Each “cell” will have three different types of thermochromic ink, i.e. each has a different temperature threshold, thus different parts of the cell will change at different speeds depending on how long the thread is wound around the nail to complete the circuit. Each nail is mapped to a cell, and the cells will be interchangeable on the display surface. An element of play and emergence enters since the user has no reference for which part of the cell holds which threshold of ink (ideally).
This is a part of a larger exploration into combining everyday objects and smart materials to create new types of interfaces.