Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble Équipe Ingénierie de l'Interaction Humain-Machine

Équipe Ingénierie de l'Interaction


contrat ANR, fév. 2022 - jan. 2026

Molecular Implementation of Shape-Changing User Interfaces

Shape-changing user interfaces are a promising way to interact with computers. MolecUI’s objective is to study programmable matter as a new way to implement shape-changing user interfaces. Programmable matter is defined here as a modular robot composed of a huge number of mm-scale, stand-alone, and detachable robots that rearrange themselves in the 3D space, allowing the formation of as many shapes as play-doh.

MolecUI’s research hypotheses is that programmable matter provides an unprecedented solution for the implementation of shape-changing user interfaces. Programmable matter can overcome the drawbacks of current shape-changing user interfaces implementations such as pneumatic actuation or rod-based displays. On the contrary to previous work, programmable matter allows adding matter to the interface, allows empty areas, provides untethered interface, supports both system and user actuation of the shape, and supports attach- & detach-ability of the modules. MolecUI goes beyond previous work, by studying HCI implemented with stand-alone and attachable/detachable robots that move in 3D.


Céline Coutrix, Alix Goguey, Quentin Roy, Laurence Nigay


Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, FEMTO-ST