Latex Pixels

Description

Latex Pixels is a 40″ x 30″ interactive wall that consists of 37 hexagonal 3D-printed modules, each of which has a servo motor on the back that pushes a latex membrane covering the front surface of the module back and forth to express concave and convex impressions. Through creating this experimental device, we tried to explore the concept of an alternative interface that fits into an environment.

 
(11/22/2015) Appeared on 3D printing news website ‘3ders.org’


Tech Notes

– 3D printed frames and gears for the pixel modules designed in Rhinoceros.
– Attached a piezo sensor on the head of each pushing bar to enable physical interaction by touching on it.
– Servo motors are controlled by an Arduino program that communicates with a web interface written in JavaScript(p5.js) where you can select which motor to move.
– You can connect the web interface with your google calendar or something to use the wall as a physical and environmental notification device.
– Here’s the link to this¬†Git Hub Repo


 
 

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Initial sketches to explore the possibility of application and technical feasibility.

 
 

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3D model of the pixel module that holds a servo motor.

 
 

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The first 3D-printed prototype of the module.

 
 


Play test with the prototype connected to Processing sketch working on laptop.

 
 

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Mass-production and fabrication.

 
 


Created a web interface to control the pixels.
Red indicates the surface is risen and white indicates it is fallen.

 


Demonstration in the ITP show.

 


View from the back.



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