Overview

This one week course focused on introducing the technology and the mathematics of dynamic tangible interaction. Using “the Hand” as a specific context of interaction, students learnt the basic science of motorised haptic technologies and learn how to use it for better control of music synthesis feedback.

Students were introduced to the science and design of haptics and synthesised music. The faculty devised and constructed a new Arduino-compatible board called “Motors&Music” with a motor controller (h-bridge) and music synthesiser (DAC converter plus amplifier) which can make simple sounds and control d-c motors. Students used the Plank (the voice-coil motor from old disk drives) and motorised sliders (faders from mixing consoles).

Simple physical modelling techniques were introduced in order to program first-order and second-order dynamics such as friction, damping, and oscillations. Using the device, students were asked to classify haptic “exploratory procedures” with emphasis on dynamics and find areas where force-feedback might enhance experience (pleasure, control, expression).