Piezo elements are small devices that can turn vibration into electrical current and vice versa. In this short exploration, we examine how Piezo elements can be exploited to create some unique sensing objects.
The sensing objects we created are: Silicone hair, silicone blob, spring, fur and water balloon. This video shows a small board with each of the objects driving an LED.
These boards are pedagogical tools for enabling a better understanding of physical computing.
Magnetic Silicone is a composite of Iron Oxide and EcoFlex 00-30 Moulding Silicone.
Like the best things in life, this exploration came about by chance.
This material was discovered in the process of attempting to make soft iron cores for flexible electromagnets. The short video shows how different arrangements of the material reacts to permanent magnetic actuation.
The IxD Lab is a place where we build ideas. It is a space for working with research questions that demand physical explorations into new forms of interaction, and into new material and computational expressions.
The IxD Lab is open to any student or researcher at ITU looking to prototype physical objects as part of their work. The lab also hosts a variety of in-house and external events as means to exchange knowledge of new technologies and forms of interaction.
See the Resources section for what we offer at IxD Lab.