[Michael Wessely]

Stretchis: Fabricating Highly Stretchable User Interfaces

Michael Wessely1,2 Theophanis Tsandilas1,2 Wendy Mackay1,2
michael.wessely@inria.fr theophanis.tsandilas@inria.fr wendy.mackay@inria.fr

INRIA1, Université Paris-Saclay2

Recent advances in materials science research have enabled the production of highly stretchable sensors and displays. However, such technologies are not yet accessible to non-expert makers. We present a novel and inexpensive fabrication method for creating Stretchis, highly stretchable user interfaces that combine sensing capabilities and visual output. We use Polydimethylsiloxan (PDMS) as the base material for a Stretchis and show how to embed stretchable touch and proximity sensors and stretchable electroluminescent displays. Stretchis can be ultra-thin (≈ 200μm), flexible, and fully customizable, enabling non-expert makers to add interaction to elastic physical objects, shape-changing surfaces, fabrics, and the human body. We demonstrate the usefulness of our approach with three application examples that include ubiquitous computing, wearables and on-skin interaction.


[Supplementary Material]


Wessely M., Tsandilas T., Mackay W. Stretchis: Fabricating Highly Stretchable User Interfaces, Proceedings of the 29th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software & Technology, ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2016