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 an 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 three-day 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 '18 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Print)9781450356206
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2018

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© ACM, 2018. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. The definitive Version of Record was published in CHI '18 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems


  • Shape-changing interfaces
  • Grand Challenges
  • Research Agenda


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