The 38th International Conference And Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

FuwaFuwa: Detecting Shape Deformations on Soft Objects Using Directional Photo-Reflectivity Measurements

West Building, Ballroom B

Soft objects are widely used in day-to-day life, because they are safer and more comfortable than hard objects. They also provide a natural and rich haptic sensation, so soft interfaces can improve emotional attachment and entertainment value in human-machine interaction.

The FuwaFuwa sensor is a small, flexible, and wireless module that effectively measures shape deformations in soft objects using IR-based directional photo-reflectivity measurements. Multiple embedded FuwaFuwa sensors can easily convert any stuffed object into a touch-input device that can detect both touch position and surface displacement. Also, since the sensors re battery-powered and equipped with wireless communication, they can be easily installed in any common soft object without affecting its soft properties.

Gota Kakehi
TEAMLAB Inc.

Yuta Sugiura
Keio University, JST ERATO IGARASHI Design Interface Project

Anusha Withana
Keio University

Calista Lee
Keio University

Naohisa Nagaya
Keio University

Daisuke Sakamoto
The University of Tokyo, JST ERATO IGARASHI Design Interface Project

Maki Sugimoto
Keio University, JST ERATO IGARASHI Design Interface Project

Masahiko Inami
Keio University, JST ERATO IGARASHI Design Interface Project

Takeo Igarashi
The University of Tokyo, JST ERATO IGARASHI Design Interface Project