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Yasuaki Kakehi Laboratory


Shape- and Color-Changing Pixels with Inflatable Elastomers and Interactions

Juri Fujii, Takuya Matsunobu, and Yasuaki Kakehi

In the physical environment, shape-changing displays and interfaces have attracted much attention as a means of enabling intuitive expression and interactions. In this research, we propose a new method for shape- and color-changing display called COLORISE. This system has inflatable shape changing pixels that can change their colors without using any light-emitting type devices. The array of the modules enables various color patterns (White, Red, or Purple), making full use of the characteristics of the material. Each pixel also has a touch sensing function that enables users to interact with it intuitively.

Juri Fujii(*), Takuya Matsunobu(*), and Yasuaki Kakehi. 2018. COLORISE: Shape- and Color-Changing Pixels with Inflatable Elastomers and Interactions. In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 199-204. DOI:
(* Contributed Equally)

Acknowledgement: JST Kawahara ERATO Universal Information Network Project(万有情報網プロジェクト)