In this class our focus is on introducing the technology and the mathematics of dynamic tangible interaction. Using “the Hand” as a specific context of interaction, students will learn the basic science of motorised haptic technologies and learn how to use it for better control of sound and visual feedback.

During this one week workshop, students will build a simple force-feedback device composed of a DC motor, a motor-driver (h-bridge) and an hall-effect position sensor which will be used as a sound synthesizing controller using Max/MSP and an Arduino. Simple physical modeling techniques will be introduced in order to program first-order and second-order dynamics such as friction, damping, and oscillations.

Using the device, students will be asked to classify haptic “exploratory procedures” with emphasis on dynamics and find areas where force-feedback might enhance experience (pleasure, control, expression).