Final documentation: Impress

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Impress is the deliverance of the touch screen from its technical stiffness, coldness and rigidity. It breaks the distance in the relationship of human and technology, because it is not any longer the user which is subjected to technology, but in this case the display itself has to cave in to the human. Impress is a chance of approach of user and technology, above all, from technology.

It is a matter of a flexible display consisting of foam and force sensors which is deformable and feels pleasantly soft. Impress works with the parameters position and time like other touch screens as well, but in addition to that, it reacts, above all, on the intensity of pressure.

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impress - flexible display from Silke Hilsing on Vimeo.


The user can merge in and collaborate with technology more than ever. He can squeeze out information and fly through rooms, he can form three-dimensional and put objects in motion by deforming the surface. Four short applications allow an insight into an absolutely new world of deeply sensitive and intuitive interaction possibilities.

Created with Arduino and Processing.

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Application 1: Put objects in motion and make them sound by deforming the surface. Draw a new object with different radius and pitch depending on the intensity of pressure.

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Application 2 + 3: Model a 3D-object by lower or higher intensity of pressure at any desired position. After Modeling, save the result and compare it with other results in a 3D gallery. Fly and zoom through the gallery by putting more or less pressure onto the display.

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Application 4: Squeeze out latest news (RSS-Feeds of different news agencies).

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Contact: sillenet@gmx.de

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