Supporting prototyping of novel interfaces using laser cut clear perspex

A Everitt, M Sturdee

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Abstract

Digital fabrication technologies such as laser cutters have been widely used for supporting prototyping of interactive devices as they are able to work with a wide range of materials. However, the majority of laser cut prototype components are often unable to support interaction or visualisation capabilities within themselves (e.g., functionality embedded within the material). Often materials that are laser cut do not have functional properties aside from serving as enclosures for interactive components. Our work explores how optical properties of clear Perspex material can be exploited to support interaction and visualisation capabilities for interface prototyping. Our proposed fabrication approach demonstrates the potential to support the development of novel displays devices that do not require expensive or complex circuitry and electronics. We produce a light-sensitive button and a seven-segment display which are combined into a wearable watch prototype demo. We also discuss design implications and future direction for this work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the sixteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI'22)
EditorsDaniel Saakes, Juhyun Eune
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450391474
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2022
EventSixteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2022) - Daejeon, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 13 Feb 202216 Feb 2022
https://tei.acm.org/2022/

Conference

ConferenceSixteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2022)
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
CityDaejeon
Period13/02/2216/02/22
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Keywords

  • Fabrication
  • Laser cutting
  • Prototyping interfaces
  • Wearables

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