RIME: Rich Interactive Materials for Everyday Objects in the Home

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Project Goal

Over the course of several million years, our hands and fingers have evolved to be capable of expressing a rich vocabulary of grasps and tangible manipulation gestures, and to touch, sense, and intimately experience the rich variety of material and object properties surrounding us that can inform and delight us. The aim of RIME is to unlock this interactive potential for rich interaction with the materials in our smart environments.

Approach

The key approach of RIME to achieve this goal is through designing, prototyping, and evaluating scalable sensor and actuator technology and touch interaction paradigms for seamless integration into everyday materials and objects, to enable natural and scalable hands-on interactions with our future smart homes. As a result, the physical artifacts in our homes, such as chairs, tables, walls, and other surfaces, can be equipped with an interactive digital “skin”, or contain interactive sensor and actuator materials; and swiping along a table, say, to unfold it for additional guests may become a possible scenario.

About the Project

This project runs from 2020 until 2023 and is funded through the German National Science Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgesellschaft, DFG) within its Priority Programme 2199: Scalable Interaction Paradigms for Pervasive Computing Environments. It is carried out by Prof. Dr. Jan Borchers' research group at RWTH Aachen University, in collaboration with the research groups of Prof. Dr. Susanne Boll at the University of Oldenburg, and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Steimle at Saarland University.

Publications

SPP Winter School 03/2021

Paper

Thesis

Name Topic Thesis Type Year
Mahsa Mansouri The Taxonomy of Indoor Home Interfaces Bachelor's Thesis

Summer 2021

Mathis Beck AirPixel: Prototyping a Pneumatically Actuated Shape Display with a Textile Surface Bachelor's Thesis

Summer 2021

Huy Dao Development of a Hand Detection on a Large-Area Textile Capacitive Pressure Sensor Matrix Bachelor's Thesis

Summer 2021

Sebastian Pettirsch Evaluating Out-of-Sight Textile User Interfaces for Multiple Devices Master's Thesis Winter 2021
Fabian Friedrichs Unused sides: Discovering the potential of unused surfaces in the home Master's Thesis Winter 2021
Lovis Suchmann Textile Icons: Design Guidelines for Recognizable Signifier for Out-of-Sight Textile User Interfaces Master's Thesis Winter 2021
Nikita Huber Avoiding Accidental Input: Evaluating Activation and Confirmation Techniques on Textile Sliders Bachelor's Thesis Winter 2021
Michelle Mirus Designing Tactile Guides for Smart Home Controls Bachelor's Thesis Summer 2022

Team at RWTH

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Jan
Borchers

Project Leader
 

Dr. Simon
Voelker

Research Assistant

Oliver
Nowak

Research Assistant

René
Schäfer

Contact

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Oliver Nowak.

Oliver
Nowak

Publication List (RWTH)

    2022

  • Sebastian Pettirsch. Spatial Mappings in the Home: Evaluating Targeting Techniques to Control Smart Home Devices. Master's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, June 2022.
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  • Oliver Nowak, René Schäfer, Anke Brocker, Philipp Wacker and Jan Borchers. Shaping Textile Sliders: An Evaluation of Form Factors and Tick Marks for Textile Sliders.  In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI '22, Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, April 2022.
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  • Nikita Huber. Avoiding Accidental Input: Evaluating Activation and Confirmation Techniques on Textile Sliders. Bachelor's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, March 2022.
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  • Huy Dao. Development of a Hand Detection on a Large-Area Textile Capacitive Pressure Sensor Matrix. Bachelor's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, January 2022.
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  • Mahsa Mansouri. The Taxonomy of Indoor Home Interfaces. Bachelor's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, 2022.
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  • 2021

  • Mathis Beck. AirPixel: Prototyping a Pneumatically Actuated Shape Display with a Textile Surface. Bachelor's Thesis, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, November 2021.
    PDF DocumentBibTeX Entry

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