Digital-is-physical: How functional fabrication disrupts ubicomp design principles

Mike Fraser, Jingqi Liu, Jenna Shapiro, Joshua Taylor, Aluna Everitt

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Abstract

Ubiquitous computing has long explored design through the conceptual separation of digital and physical materials. We describe how the emergence of the fabrication community in HCI will challenge these conceptual principles. The idea of digital material in ubicomp ‘hides’ lower level abstractions such as physical architectures and materials from designers. As new fabrication techniques make these abstractions accessible to makers, physical materials are being used to encode digital functionality. Form (traditionally physical) and function (traditionally digital) can be mutually expressed within material design. We outline how emerging printed electronics techniques will enable functional fabrication, current limitations and opportunities for end-user fabrication of functional devices, and implications for new principles that emphasise combined physical design of form and function.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHTTF 2019 - Proceedings of the Halfway to the Future Symposium 2019
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450372039
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Nov 2019
Event2019 Halfway to the Future Symposium: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of HCI and Design-Based Research, HTTF 2019 - Nottingham, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Nov 201920 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference2019 Halfway to the Future Symposium: Exploring the Past, Present, and Future of HCI and Design-Based Research, HTTF 2019
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityNottingham
Period19/11/1920/11/19

Keywords

  • Functional fabrication
  • Mixed reality
  • Tangible design
  • Thin film device engineering
  • Ubiquitous computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Software

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