Talk & People’s Choice Best Demo Award at UIST 2014

At this year’s Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology the consortium presented FlexSense, a flexible thin input surface based on FLASHED technology. The flexible input sheet is capable of reconstructing even complex deformations without any external sensing software, only based on a sparse set of piezoelectric bend sensors.  The talk at the conference was held by Christian Rendl from Media Interaction Lab together with David Kim from Microsoft Research.

Additionally to the talk, Christian Rendl and Martin Zirkl from Joanneum Research demonstrated the prototype at the conference’s Demo Reception. The attending people gave amazing feedback and awarded the demo with one of three “People’s Choice Best Demo Honorable Mention” awards.

Moreover, the project attracted special attention of the international tech press (among others, CNETTheVergeGizmodo).



Award at Symposium on Natural User Interfaces

Last week Michael Haller and Christian Rendl from the Media Interaction Lab attended a Symposium on Natural User Interfaces in Grasmere, UK. The symposium was organised by Rank Prize Funds and invited ten leading scientists from the HCI field to meet with around twenty younger researchers for three days of talks and discussions. In an informal atmosphere, all participants presented their ongoing work.

Michael talked about “Designing natural user interfaces: From large interactive surfaces to flexible input sensors”, whereas Christian presented  several concepts of FLASHED as well as the ongoing work on the  underlying sensor technology PyzoFlex. The audience was very inspired of the possibilites of the FLASHED technology and gave great feedback and new ideas for possible use-cases.

The jury awarded Christian together with Yanxia Zhang from Lancaster University, UK, with the Rank Prize for the best contributed papers at the symposium.


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