By Koichi Yoshino, Takatoshi Yoshida, Yo Sasaki, Xiaoyan Shen, Ken Nakagaki and Hiroshi Ishii.

In recent years, the retail industry has become increasingly interested in Information and communications technology (ICT) systems for enriching the shopping experience. Such systems are increasingly being deployed in retail contexts, however common implementation methods are limited due to high costs and large required footprints. Thus it is a challenge for smaller or temporary retail to install such services. In this study, we explore the usage of a load-sensitive board to improve the retail shopping experience specifically in smaller and temporary retail settings. As a case study, we develop and examine KI/OSK, an easy-to-install modular table-top retail application using SCALE, a previously developed load sensing toolkit specifically developed for Farmers Market applications. Our study uses iterative user research including surveys with Farmer's Market managers to assess design requirements, and testing and revising through a field study in a Farmers Market in Tokyo, Japan.

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Venous Materials

Venous Materials envisions a new way to design dynamic tangible interactions using fluidic mechanisms. We are inspired by venous structures that are ubiquitous throughout nature and inside the human body. By changing its colors, veins can inform us of internal and external physical conditions. For example, veins in leaves transmit pigments that drive color change which informs us of the leaf’s internal condition, and also which season it is. When we press firmly on a button, the tip of our finger changes its color - this subtle color change can be used as an indicator to inform us of the amount of applied pressure.

While computer chips and electronics usually require rigid and bulky components, Venous Materials is a soft and self contained mechanism that utilizes mechanical activities as its energy source. Through research with microfluidics technology, we developed an approach for designing, simulating and prototyping fluidic interactive sensors that can be embedded in or attached to any object. We propose a wide spectrum of exciting potential applications by integrating Venous Materials in everyday scenarios: Venous Materials embedded in clothing to visualize on-body motion, pressure and balance, and attached to objects, to enrich learning activities, to augment dynamic graphics and to indicate conditions of package delivery and content.

We see Venous Materials as an important paradigm for Human Computer Interactions and as a first step towards the integration of interactive fluidic mechanisms as embedded sensors and tangible user interfaces. The most rewarding aspect of this project for us is that it lays down the ground principles and fertilizer for the growth of additional research within this realm.


Hila Mor, Tianyu Yu, Ken Nakagaki, Benjamin Harvey Miller, Yichen Jia, Hiroshi Ishii

Project page: http://tangible.media.mit.edu/project/venous-materials/

MIT Media Lab

Tangible Media Group

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Expanding the Interactivity of Pin-Based Shape Displays by Docking Mechanical Transducers


Ken Nakagaki, Yifan (Roger) Liu, Chloe Nelson-Arzugana, and Hiroshi Ishii

Project Page: http://tangible.media.mit.edu/project/transdock/

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KinetiX - Designing Auxetic-inspired Deformable Material Structures

Research paper:


An auxetic material is a material that exhibits a Negative Poisson’s Ratio (NPR). Unlike conventional materials, when an auxetic material is stretched (or compressed) in one direction, instead of becoming thinner (or thicker), it becomes thicker (or thinner) in perpendicular directions.

This project describes a group of auxetic-inspired material structures that can transform into various shapes upon compression. While the majority of the studies of auxetic materials focus on their mechanical properties and topological variations, our work proposes a parametric design approach that gives auxetic structures the ability to deform beyond shrinking or expanding for the first time. To do so, we see the auxetic structure as a parametric four-bar linkage. We developed four cellular-based material structure units composed of rigid plates and elastic/rotary hinges. Different compositions of these units lead to a variety of tunable shape-changing possibilities, such as uniform scaling, shearing, bending and rotating. By tessellating those transformations together, we can create various higher level transformations for design.

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Haptic Edge Display 2016

Sungjune Jang*, Lawrence H. Kim*, Kesler Tanner*, Hiroshi Ishii**, and Sean Follmer*

(*Stanford University, **MIT Media Lab)

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Mediate: A Spatial Tangible Interface for Mixed Reality

By Daniel Fitzgerald and Hiroshi Ishii

2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing System

Recent Virtual Reality (VR) systems render highly immersive visual experiences, yet currently lack tactile feedback for feeling virtual objects with our hands and bodies. Shape Displays offer solid tangible interaction but have not been integrated with VR or have been restricted to desktop-scale workspaces. This work represents a fusion of mobile robotics, haptic props, and shape-display technology and commercial Virtual Reality to overcome these limitations. We present Mediate, a semi-autonomous mobile shape-display that locally renders 3D physical geometry co-located with room-sized virtual environments as a conceptual step towards large-scale tangible interaction in Virtual Reality. We compare this "dynamic just-in-time mockup" concept to other haptic paradigms and discuss future applications and interaction scenarios.

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Programmable Droplets

Biologists in a lab spend, on average, 30-50% of their time manually moving fluids using disposable pipettes. Programmable Droplets are a low-cost lab-on-a-chip designed to make testing cheaper, faster, and more portable for biological sampling. Using electric fields to move, merge, stir, and analyze drops of biological samples, Programmable Droplets can eliminate contamination, human error, and huge magnitudes of hazardous waste.

Programmable Droplets was created by Media Lab researcher Udayan Umapathi.

Learn more: http://tangible.media.mit.edu/project/programmable-droplets/

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Orion Crew Console Vibration Test

Orion Crew Console Vibration Test (1)

Orion Crew Console Vibration Test (2)

Orion Crew Console Vibration Test (3)

Orion Crew Console Vibration Test (4)

In the Acoustic Vibration Lab at Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company headquarters in Littleton, CO, engineers have begun a series of vibration tests on the astronauts’ display console for Exploration Mission-1.

Pictured here is a mass simulator of the display console mounted with six isolation struts to two shaker tables.

The shaker tables will simulate the harsh environments experienced by the console during different mission events such as liftoff, ascent, abort, landing, and drogue parachute mortar firing.

The data from these tests will be used to evaluate the console’s vibration and movement, as well as the performance of the isolation struts.

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Learn more about the project by watching the "Making of Biologic" here: https://vimeo.com/142212881

Initiated from MIT Media Lab, BioLogic is our attempt to program living organism and invent responsive and transformable interfaces of the future. Nature has engineered its own actuators, as well as the efficient material composition, geometry and structure to utilize its actuators and achieve functional transformation. Based on the natural phenomenon of hygromorphic transformation, we introduce a specific type of living cells as nanoactuators that react to body temperature and humidity change. The living nanoactuator can be controlled by electrical signal and communicate with the virtual world as well. A digital printing system and design simulation software are developed to assist the design of transformation structure.

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TRANSFORM: Nature and Machine by MIT Media Lab | Tangible Media Group

TRANSFORM fuses technology and design to celebrate its transformation from a piece of still furniture to a dynamic machine driven by a stream of data and energy. 

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Kinetic Blocks

Pin-based shape displays not only give physical form to digital information, they have the inherent ability to accurately move and manipulate objects placed on top of them. In this paper we focus on such object manipulation: we present ideas and techniques that use the underlying shape change to give kinetic ability to otherwise inanimate objects. First, we describe the shape display’s ability to assemble, disassemble, and reassemble structures from simple passive building blocks through stacking, scaffolding, and catapulting. A technical evaluation demonstrates the reliability of the presented techniques. Second, we introduce special kinematic blocks that are actuated and sensed through the underlying pins. These blocks translate vertical pin movements into other degrees of freedom like rotation or horizontal movement. This interplay of the shape display with objects on its surface allows us to render otherwise inaccessible forms, like overhangs, and enables richer input and output.

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Real Martians Moment: Not Your Daddy's Dune Buggy

William Allen is a Mechanical Design Engineer working on development of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission. Mars 2020 is the next in a very successful evolution of robotic Mars rovers. In fact, NASA is capitalizing on the success of the Curiosity rover – which is currently on Mars – by using its DNA or architecture to design this new rover. The Mars 2020 rover is expected to have one key upgrade: the ability to gather samples and prepare them for a possible return trip to Earth. This will enable NASA to better plan for safe human missions to the Red Planet in the future.

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Real Martians Moment: Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator … What a Drag!

Matt Moholt is a structures Engineer, at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center who develops and tests advanced structures such as the Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD). This technology will allow larger spacecraft to enter the Martian atmosphere and more importantly, provide a deployable method to increase drag and slow down to safe landing speeds. HIAD is one of the many technologies the agency is working on to provide safe, reliable space travel to enable humans to explore Mars.

ラベル:NASA mars
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50 Years of Mars Exploration

2015 marks 50 years of successful NASA missions to Mars starting with Mariner 4 in 1965. Since then, a total of 15 robotic missions led by various NASA centers have laid the groundwork for future human missions to the Red Planet. The journey to Mars continues with additional robotic missions planned for 2016 and 2020, and human missions in the 2030s.

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Beetles, Biofuel and Coffee

Berkeley Lab scientist Javier Ceja-Navarro discusses his research on the microbial populations found the guts of insects, specifically the coffee berry borer, which may lead to better pest management and the Passalid beetle, which could lead to improved biofuel production.

For more information - https://youtu.be/cWuAK6IMRQM

In Spanish - https://youtu.be/wsRvD8JtPb4

ラベル:Berkeley Lab
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inFORM at Cooper Hewitt

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Sticky Actuator

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Orion and Ikhana UAS

Orion blazed into the morning sky at 7:05 a.m. EST, Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Florida. Lifting off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Orion crew module splashed down approximately 4.5 hours later in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles southwest of San Diego. During splashdown and recovery the Orion was tracked by a NASA Ikhana UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) from the air.

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How a bird can become weightless

Full story: http://bit.ly/1ygGa7E
If birds in a truck fly, does the truck get lighter? Yes, but it also gets heavier, say researchers who weighed flapping birds with super sensitive scales

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One of Orion’s backshell panels is pictured.


Technicians power on the Orion crew module at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


The completed launch abort system was rotated into a vertical position, making room in the facility for the scaffolding that will allow it to be stacked on top of Orion's crew and service modules.


The Orion spacecraft has been transported to launch pad 37 and has been lifted about 200 ft. to mate with the Delta IV Heavy rocket.

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