UIST 2019

Turn-by-Wire: Computationally Mediated Physical Fabrication

Rundong Tian, Vedant Saran, Mareike Kritzler, Florian Michahelles, and Eric Paulos

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Abstract:

Advances in digital fabrication have simultaneously created new capabilities while reinforcing outdated workflows that constrain how, and by whom, these fabrication tools are used. In this work, we investigate how a new class of hybrid controlled machines can collaborate with novice and expert users alike to yield a more lucid making experience. We demonstrate these ideas through our system, Turn-by-Wire. By combining the capabilities of a traditional lathe with haptic input controllers that modulate both position and force, we detail a series of novel interaction metaphors that invite a more fluid making process spanning digital, model-centric, computer control, and embodied, adaptive, human control. We evaluate our system through a user study and discuss how these concepts generalize to other fabrication tools.

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Vedant Saran

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Eric Paulos

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Rundong (Kevin) Tian