As part of my ongoing research I have been exploring different types of tangible inputs. Working specifically with materials that are elastic in nature, I am interested in how squeezing, pushing, and stretching can be used as methods for input. Softness and pliability are not things we generally associate with computer interactions. What would it mean to employ them? And, how might this inform the nature of the interaction?

A biomorphic system status signifier. It beats like a heart. The user grabs hold of it to feel subtle changes in system health.

3 physical states that might signify system status.

A device prototype.

A surface that is smooth to the touch and allows the user to freely run their hands across it. A pliable screen.

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