ShapeCanvas: an exploration of shape-changing content generation by members of the public

Aluna Everitt, Faisal Taher, Jason Alexander

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Shape-changing displays--visual output surfaces with physically-reconfigurable geometry---provide new challenges for content generation. Content design must incorporate visual elements, physical surface shape, react to user input, and adapt these parameters over time. The addition of the ‘shape channel’ significantly increases the complexity of content design, but provides a powerful platform for novel physical design, animations, and physicalizations. In this work we use ShapeCanvas, a 4×4 grid of large actuated pixels, combined with simple interactions, to explore novice user behavior and interactions for shape-change content design. We deployed ShapeCanvas in a café for two and a half days and observed users generate 21 physical animations. These were categorized into seven categories and eight directly derived from people’s personal interest. This paper describes these experiences, the generated animations and provides initial insights into shape- changing content design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781450333627
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2016


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