FlexTiles
FlexTiles
FlexTiles
FlexTiles
FlexTiles
FlexTiles

FlexTiles

In FlexTiles we demonstrate , a flexible, stretchable pressures sensitive tactile input sensor consisting of three layers of fabric. We show the implementation of FlexTiles for covering large areas, 3D objects, and deformable underlying shapes. In order to measure these large areas with high framerate, we present a measurement implementation and a tiling architecture. To aid reproducibility, we describe all steps including construction of the material as well as measurement technique, in detail. Finally, we outline the benefits of our system compared to other tactile sensing techniques.

 

Introduction

Tactile-sensing technology became popular over 30 years ago and it is still evolving. Recent work shows exciting new developments and application areas. However, most of those sensors have limited deformability, and may even break when stretched.

In this demonstration, we present FlexTiles, a flexible tactile sensor, which consists of three layers of stretchable fabric, which is not changing its sensing behavior while stretched. Its ductility and form-fitting ability enables a wide range of novel use cases, such as form-fitting input techniques on complex shapes or deformable, underlying shapes.

Contribution

  • Design and implementation of a highly stretchable, formable pressures sensitive tactile input sensor with real-time, interactive performance.
  • The engineering of three sandwich layers, including a technical evaluation and comparison of material options.
  • Three prototype applications that demonstrate the versatility of this sensor for scalability, form-fitting, and integration with deformable objects.

 

 

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Published: March 15, 2016

Authors

Patrick Parzer
Kathrin Probst
Teo Babic
Christian Rendl
Anita Vogl
Michael Haller

Media Interaction Lab

Alex Olwal
Google

Publications

P. Parzer, K. Probst, T. Babic, C. Rendl, A. Vogl, A. Olwal, M. Haller, 2016. "FlexTiles: A Flexible, Stretchable, Formable, Pressure Sensitive, Tactile Input Sensor," In Proceedings of the 34th International Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, San Jose, CA, USA, 2016. to be published.

Funding

The project also receives partially funding support of NCBiR, FWF, SNSF, ANR, and FNR in the framework of the ERA-NET CHIST-ERA II.

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