Cubimorph: designing modular interactive devices

Roudaut, A, Krusteva, D, McCoy, M, Karnik, A, Ramani, K and Subramanian, S (2016) Cubimorph: designing modular interactive devices. In: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 16 - 21 May 2016, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Abstract

We contribute toward the vision of programmable matter where interactive devices reconfigure in any shapes to fit a myriad of functionalities. To achieve this vision, we can benefit from the great breakthroughs that have been done in building modular robots. However, there is still a lack of understanding of user requirements in order to build devices that can not only reconfigure but also fully satisfy user needs. This is especially true in mobile contexts where many constraints need to be tackled. To address this issue, we present a design rationale that exposes eight user requirements, and we show that current modular designs to solve some requirements tend to violate some others. We then propose the concept of Cubimorph, a modular device in the form of a chain of cubes.

We show an initial design and algorithm to address most user requirements and present three proof-of-concept prototypes demonstrating some of its aspects (turnable hinges, embedded touchscreens and miniature). We then discuss its limitations and how this work opens a more general discussion on the importance of creating more synergy between the field of Human Computer Interaction and Robotic.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery > TJ0210.2 Mechanical devices and figures. Automata. Ingenious mechanisms. Robots (General)
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Depositing User: Sriram Subramanian
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 11:32
Last Modified: 19 May 2016 11:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/61078

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