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Tangible Media Group: LineFORM


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A team of interaction designers at MIT have made this shape-shifting soft robot that switches from phone, to watch, to flashlight, to charging cable.

LineFORM is a novel Shape Changing Interface which has the form of a “Line”. Lines have several interesting characteristics from the perspective of interaction design: abstractness of data representation; a variety of inherent interactions / affordances; and constraints as boundaries or borderlines. By utilising such aspects of lines together with the added capability of shape-shifting, we present various applications in different scenarios such as shape changing cords, mobiles, body constraints, and data manipulation to investigate the design space of line-based shape changing interfaces.