Laboratory of Informatics of Grenoble Engineering Human-Computer Interaction Research Group

Engineering Human-Computer Interaction
Research Group


ANR contract, nov. 2015 - oct. 2018

Physically Flexible Control for Human-Computer Interaction

The PhyFlex project addresses the lack of flexibility in the control of Tangible User Interaction (TUI). On the contrary to previous work, this project addresses a new research question: universal and flexible physical control. PhyFlex opens new perspectives on TUI based on the flexibility provided by the dynamic change of shapes of input devices. Shape-Changing TUI consist of physical User Interfaces (UI) whose shape can be changed by the user or the system. For instance, a tangible knob can be reshaped continuously to increase its resolution when its diameter increases.
Future applications are numerous, ranging from tangible controls for interactive visualization, mixing console, control of LED lighting, cockpit or camera control, etc. to personal computers.


Céline Coutrix


Bristol Interaction and Graphics group (UK)