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

Équipe Ingénierie de l'Interaction


contrat ANR, jan. 2022 - déc. 2025

Shape-Changing Materials for HCI

This project is at the crossroad of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and programmable soft materials, with a connection to the world of interactive arts. Its objective is to enrich user experience with the sense of touch through new tactile shape-changing interfaces, both for enabling new interactions and conveying emotions. The project relies on the SecondSkin concept, which is the idea that users and objects can wear a skin-like input/output device. This second skin will be made by augmenting a new kind of bio-inspired shape-morphing materials called baromorphs that were recently introduced by one of the partners. We will work on improving these materials and combining them with other technologies to develop novel adaptive/adaptable user interfaces and touch devices for conveying emotions. A demonstrator will illustrate these novel interaction capabilities and artistic productions will further investigate SecondSkin potentialities. The results will be widely spread toward scientific and artistic communities and the general public through DIY kits and two art exhibitions.


Céline Coutrix, Zhuzhi Fan, François Bérard


Institut Interdisciplinaire de l'Innovation (i3),
Laboratoire PMMH (Physique et Mécanique des Milieux Hétérogènes),
Laboratoire Traitement et Communication de l'Information (LTCI)