Grand Challenges in Shape-Changing Interface Research

Jason Alexander, Anne Roudaut, Jürgen Steimle, Kasper Hornbaek, Miguel Bruns Alonso, Sean Follmer, Tim Merritt

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Shape-changing interfaces have emerged as a new method for interacting with computers, using dynamic changes in a device’s physical shape for input and output. With the advances of research into shape-changing interfaces, we see a need to synthesize the main, open research questions. The purpose of this synthesis is to formulate common challenges across the diverse fields engaged in shape-change research, to facilitate progression from single prototypes and individual design explorations to grander scientific goals, and to draw attention to challenges that come with maturity, including those concerning ethics, theory-building, and societal impact. In this article we therefore present 12 grand challenges for research on shape-changing interfaces, derived from a threeday workshop with 25 shape-changing interface experts with backgrounds in design, computer science, human-computer interaction, engineering, robotics, and material science.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2018
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages8
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Apr 2018
Event2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2018 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018


Conference2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2018
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  • Shape-changing interfaces
  • Grand Challenges
  • Research Agenda


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