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DynaKnob: Combining haptic force feedback and shape change

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Despite the advantages of tangible interaction, physical controls like knobs seem to be disappearing from a wide range of products in our everyday life. The work presented in this paper explores how physical controls can become dynamic, in terms of both shape, and haptic force feedback. The paper contains two strands of work: First, we present a study that explores the relationship between haptic force feedback and different knob shapes, evaluating twelve distinct haptic stimuli in relation to six widely used knob shapes. Second, based on the insights collected in the study, we present the design of DynaKnob, a shape changing knob that can change between four different knob shapes. DynaKnob illustrates how dynamic content control, can be combined with dynamic shape and force feedback. Both the study and the design of DynaKnob contribute to understanding how adaptive physical interface controls could be designed in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Number of pages12
Place of publicationSan Diego, CA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year18 Jun 2019
ISBN (electronic)9781450358507
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2019
Event2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 23 Jun 201928 Jun 2019


Conference2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2019
LandUnited States
BySan Diego
SponsorAdobe, Google, Sketch, UC San Diego's Design Lab, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Research areas

  • Affordance, Haptic force feedback, Mechanical metamaterials, Shape-changing interfaces

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