The ubiquitous full colour, high resolution digital display is capable of showing us crisp, exquisite imagery. However, the material construction, form and optical qualities of modern displays can be inappropriate for use as a digital skin in an architectural context.
The Disruptive Displays project has been reimagining the display as a form of material rather than as an unyielding device. Such materials could be shaped into freeform surfaces, scaled seamlessly, and integrated with the built environment, affording multiple new avenues for design and expression. These new materials suggest new contexts of interaction, but also the need for new design tools for printed circuits and optics. Such tools would require engagement with something not normally seen in electronics fabrication – randomness.
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David Sweeney is an interaction design engineer with Microsoft Research. He focuses his research on tangible interfaces to the digital world, and explores emerging opportunities related to new sensors and advanced computational techniques. A particular interest is the development of digital display technologies, and how such technologies might blur the line between aesthetic expression and the communication of legible information.
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