Shape Changing interactions

Researchers from MIT have come up with a novel device to represent 3d objects on the fly. The system uses pegs that can be raised or lowered depending on the imput. That input can be a remote manipulation or a representation of a shape or design.

inFORM was unveiled this week on MIT’s website and is billed for use in 3D modelling, viewing statistical charts, maths education and controlling media.

The system makes use of an XBOX Kinect sensor, 900 pins, linkages and actuators as well as a linked computer. Each pin can be moved independently to either represent or manipulate objects.

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