Shape changing interfaces that give physical shapes to digital data are nothing new. They allow users to manipulate data with their bodies. Materiable takes the idea to the next level by accounting for material properties. By using multi-modal sensation techniques of haptics, the system creates deformable materials with flexibility, elasticity and viscosity properties.
The above video shows how one can interact with such a shape changing interface. What do you think? Are you impressed?
[Source: Ken Nakagaki, Luke Vink, Jared Counts, Daniel Windham, Daniel Leithinger, Sean Follmer, Hiroshi Ishii]