Prototyping an elastic touchscreen in under 3 weeks

The Meet-a-sheet project explores the way we interact with digital systems, through the use of fabric screens.

Our goal was to give the users the chance to experience a touch screen like they had never done before, by creating an elastic pushcreen that gathers 50% more interaction information than regular touch screens.

Meet-a-sheet was prototyped in 3 weeks using a spandex sheet, a Kinect camera, a projector and custom software developed on Quartz Composer.

Meet-a-sheet’s features:

  • X, Y and Z interaction
  • Texturized Sensing
  • Easily Shapeable
  • Warm Feeling
  • Physical Feedback

The project was sponsored by Cuepoint.tv, Dole, Move Management, Nordströms Trä, Tygverket, Tylöprint, Attitude.se and Stickit.se.

Meet-a-sheet was featured at the 2011 Hyper Island’s Exploring Technology Exhibition “Work Hard, Play Hard” in Stockholm.

Credits

Client: Hyper Island
Agency: Coderangutans
Art Director: Carl Oscar Lund-Hansen
Designer: Sanna Westermark
Creative Technologist: Pepe Borrás
PR: Josefine Gustavsson
Project Manager: Jessica Baban

The Meet-a-sheet case film

Video footage from an early prototype of Meet-a-sheet. V 1.0.

Meet-a-sheet on V 1.5. In this video you can see the insides of the prototype. The projector is aimed towards a mirror set in a 45º angle to the screen to increase the size of the screen within the constrains of a small box set up. The kinect camera is aimed straight to the spandex sheet to detect whenever a user pushes it.

Finally, the working demo at Exploring Technology Festival.

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