We present STRAIDE, a string-actuated interactive display environment that allows to explore the promising potential of shape-changing interfaces for casual visualizations. At the core, we envision a platform that spatially levitates elements to create dynamic visual shapes in space. We conceptualize this type of tangible midair display and discuss its multifaceted design dimensions. Through a design exploration, we realize a physical research platform with adjustable parameters and modular components. For conveniently designing and implementing novel applications, we provide developer tools ranging from graphical emulators to in-situ augmented reality representations. To demonstrate STRAIDE’s reconfigurability, we further introduce three representative physical setups as a basis for situated applications including ambient notifications, personal smart home controls, and entertainment. They serve as a technical validation, lay the foundations for a discussion with developers that provided valuable insights, and encourage ideas for future usage of this type of appealing interactive installation.

Related Publications

STRAIDE: A Research Platform for Shape-Changing Spatial Displays based on Actuated Strings
Severin Engert, Konstantin Klamka, Andreas Peetz, Raimund Dachselt
In Proceedings of the 2022 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI ’22, New Orleans, USA. ACM.
Publisher Video Research Website

A Research Platform for Shape-Changing Spatial Displays based on Actuated String

Category Tangible Devices
Project date 2022
Project URL imld.de/straide/
Collaborators Severin Engert,
Andreas Peetz,
Prof. Raimund Dachselt
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and Methods
Arduino Raspberry Pi C C++ C# REST WebSockets NodeJS Unity Rapid Prototyping 3D-Printing Laser Cutting Soldering Circuit Design
Interactivity at Output.DD '22
Received best demo award.
Further presentations
Paper presentation at ACM CHI '22.