UNIMORPH - SHAPE SHIFTING FILM FOR MULTIPLE PURPOSES

Category: Touch Insights
October 9, 2015

An enabling technology for rapid digital fabrication of customized thin-film shape-changing interfaces has been developed by tangible media group, a branch at the MIT media lab.

By combining the thermoelectric characteristics of copper with thermally sensitive polyethylene, the team was able to actuate the shape of the composites directly. The movements are enabled by a temperature driven mechanism which also reduce the fabrication complexity of the thin film interweave.

‘uniMorph’ composites can be changed by either environmental temperature changes or active heating of embedded structures. Different sensing techniques that leverage the existing copper structures can be seamlessly embedded in the composite.

Have a look at their inspiring video!

 

GALLERY PHOTO AND VIDEO


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