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Marianne Graves Petersen

Shape-changing interfaces: a review of the design space and open research questions

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  • Majken K. Rasmussen, Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark
  • Esben Warming Pedersen, Datalogisk Institut, Københavns Universitet, Denmark
  • Marianne Graves Petersen
  • Kasper Anders Søren Hornbæk, Denmark
Shape change is increasingly used in physical user interfaces, both as input and output. Yet, the progress made and the key research questions for shape-changing interfaces are rarely analyzed systematically. We review a sample of existing work on shape-changing interfaces to address these shortcomings. We identify eight types of shape that are transformed in various ways to serve both functional and hedonic design purposes. Interaction with shape-changing interfaces is simple and rarely merges input and output. Three questions are discussed based on the review: (a) which design purposes may shape-changing interfaces be used for, (b) which parts of the design space are not well understood, and (c) why studying user experience with shape-changing interfaces is important.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '12 : Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages10
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2012
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-1016-1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Austin, Texas, United States
Duration: 5 May 201210 May 2012


ConferenceACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
LandUnited States
ByAustin, Texas

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