Muze, an interactive origami light, takes simple user touch interaction and responds by creating different light patterns on its surface. Muze explores key themes of current Organic User Interface research and strives to create a playful, poetic interface that evokes users' creativity through interaction. Our website outlines an overview of the project, our current processes, and the materials currently integrated into our various prototypes.

User input is established through touch.

Soft sensors and embedded actuators on a flexible surface. Light is diffused and the electronic components within remain hidden.

The design of this project is to explore an interactive origami light that transforms its shape in the user’s hand and creates light patterns depending on the form. ┬áIt aims to create a playful, poetic interface that evokes user creativity through interaction. Recently, a growing number of designers and researchers have been delving into new flexible, organic interfaces that invite users into the ubiquitous computing world with an intuitive and sensory-rich experience. Our Capstone project, Tessella, an interactive origami light, explores key themes of current organic user interface research. First, input and output are integrated in one. Second, the form implies its function. Thirdly, it allows the user to discover its affordances and uses. Tessella is arranged as a matrix of light and sensors on a flexible tessellated structure.

Origami is defined for us as the “transformation of a single sheet of fabric from a one dimensional material into a three dimensional material with additional physical characteristics”. The folds are important to consider for how we’ll create internal pressure and tension and then further incorporate electricity. Origami and tessellation patterns are investigated to see how the knowledge of paper craft can be transferred into another dimension of materials such as fabric and silicon.

To define an interface within the scope of our project: It is the exploration of the pathway between people to object interaction and object to object interaction. The flexible organic light, in our case, is the interface connecting the users to whatever application they can think of.

The latter part of this project is to take the knowledge learned from our exploratory process and apply it to a prototype for users to explore forms of their own and apply the knowledge of their work field and expertise. Essentially, we are developing a research tool that can be applied to many fields of use.