Shape-Changing Mobiles

The ‘Shape-Changing Mobile’ prototype consists of a mobile-phone shaped box, which employs an actuated back plate: It can be tilted. The actuation is achieved through the combinatory movements of a number of servo motors. This makes it possible for the device to be thin in the pocket, but in dynamic shape when held in hands.

Actuated Grip

In the pocket, a mobile phone should be thin. When held in hands, it should ideally be tapered downwards. The Shape-Changing Mobile allows for all of this, it changes its shape according to its context of usage.

Content Thickness

A dynamically adjustable shape allows for the addition of thickness to digital content. For example, when reading an e-book, a large body of remaining pages can be indicated through the increasing of the device’s thickness on the respective side.

Shape-Based Pointing

Determining where the phone’s shape is pointing doesn’t require the phone to be looked at – it seems especially suitable for mobile navigation: In such an application, the phone simply points into the walking direction by deforming towards it.


Publications

Take me by the Hand: Haptic Compasses in Mobile Devices through Shape Change and Weight Shift

Hemmert, Fabian, Hamann, Susann, Löwe, Matthias, Wohlauf, Anne, Zeipelt, Josefine, and Joost, Gesche 2010. Take me by the Hand: Haptic Compasses in Mobile Devices through Shape Change and Weight Shift. In Proceedings of the Sixth Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. (Reykjavik, Iceland, October 16 – 20, 2010). NordiCHI ’10.


Shape-Changing Mobiles: Tapering in Two-Dimensional Deformational Displays in Mobile Phones

Hemmert, Fabian, Hamann, Susann, Löwe, Matthias, Zeipelt, Josefine, and Joost, Gesche 2010. Shape-Changing Mobiles: Tapering in Two-Dimensional Deformational Displays in Mobile Phones. In CHI ’10 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Atlanta, Georgia, USA, April 10 – 15, 2010). CHI ’10. ACM, New York, NY, 3075-3079.


Shape-Changing Mobiles: Tapering in One-Dimensional Deformational Displays in Mobile Phones

Hemmert, Fabian, Hamann, Susann, Löwe, Matthias, Wohlauf, Anne, and Joost, Gesche 2010. Shape-Changing Mobiles: Tapering in One-Dimensional Deformational Displays in Mobile Phones. In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, January 25 – 27, 2010). TEI ’10. ACM, New York, NY, 249-252.


Dynamic Knobs: Shape Change as a Means of Interaction on a Mobile Phone

Hemmert, Fabian, Joost, Gesche, Knörig, André, and Wettach, Reto 2008. Dynamic Knobs: Shape Change as a Means of Interaction on a Mobile Phone. In CHI ’08: Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Florence, Italy, April 05 – 10, 2008). CHI ’08. ACM, New York, NY, 2309-2314.



Research by

Research
Dr.-Ing. Fabian Hemmert

Dr.-Ing. Fabian Hemmert is a design researcher. Born and raised in Gütersloh, he studied Computer Science/Media Design at the University of Bielefeld (B.Sc.) and Interface Design at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences (M.A.).
Assistance
Susann Hamann

Assistance
Matthias Löwe

Matthias Löwe is engaged in workshops, talks and festivals of the Initiative Creative Gaming to establish an artistic and creative use of games by kids. As an interaction designer, he is researching playful interaction and procedural rhetoric. He is also staging gamejams, interactive theater and various gameculture-events with Gamestorm Berlin, shows game movies at the monthly Night of Machinima and co-organizes A MAZE. events like the first European and first African indiegamefestival. Matthias joined the Design Research Lab Berlin in summer 2008 and is now coordinating this year’s Code Week initiatives in Germany.
Assistance
Josefine Zeipelt

Assistance
Anne Wohlauf

Anne Wohlauf studied Interface Design at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. She joined the Design Research Lab in 2008 as a research assistant and is now working as a designer on projects that focus on security and identity management, like trust-me. Her interests are participatory design and tangible interaction.
Supervision
Prof. Dr. Gesche Joost

Gesche Joost is Professor for Design Research at the University of the Arts Berlin and since 2005 heading the Design Research Lab.