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SUPER CILIA SKIN
  Kinesthetic Informatic Interface
Super Cilia Skin is a literal membrane separating a
computer from its environment. Like our skin, it is
haptic I/O membrane that can sense and simulate
movement and wind flow.  Our intention is to have it
be universally applied to sheath any surface.  As a
display, it can mimic another person’s gesture over
a
distance via a form of tangible telepresence.  A
hand-sized interface covered with Super Cilia Skin
would produce subtle changes in surface texture that
feel much like a telepresent "butterfly kiss."  

A small object surrounded with Super Cilia Skin could
propel itself across the floor, or stop to create
visually expressive changes in surface. Conversely, a
Super Cilia Skin surface could propel objects across
it using mechanical gestures like the movements of a
centipede’s feet.

On an architectural scale, a facade covered with Super
Cilia Skin could represent the "wake" of a local wind
pattern billowing up and down the surface during the
day generating energy.  As a more general display
surface, a Super Cilia Skinned floor could trace
movement over one’s house or weather patterns
over the entire state of Massachusetts.  This sensibility
is intended to pervade a sense of relationships
between local and global conditions.

Credits:
Mitchell Joachim, Hayes Raffle, James Tichenor
Felt + silicone prototype model.
Two tier layer model of cilia.
See Exhibition
Touch Me: Design and Sensation
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, 2005.
SCS with the Actuated Workbench Drawing a Circle.
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