Designer, Engineer and Critical Thinker
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Kuplo: The First Interactive Soft Toy | Interaction Design

 
 

kupPlo

The first interactive soft toy that uses circuits

Team Size: 3 / Future Material Lab, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design / 2015 Summer / 1 week/Role: Designer, Engineer


material exploration

In Copenhagen’s Institute of Interaction Design’s (CIID) summer workshop “Future Materials Lab”, we learned to ‘productize’ three high-tech materials: thermochromic pigment, phase-change material and conductive fabric.

My team was assigned conductive fabric, velcro and thread spent the first half of the week exploring their properties.

What we found out

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ideation

We brainstormed a variety of product applications from connective wearables to a light controller but wanted to showcase the connectivity, softness and natural 'interface' of the materials.

Partly inspired by Little Bits, we came up with a concept for an interactive caterpillar where the modular body parts make up the interface itself. The head is the battery source and the body segments are either input controls like a pressure sensor or sound controller (through twisting) or an output like an led or sound bite.


BUILDING

Prototype

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Final presentation

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