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