SMAAD surface: A tangible interface for smart material aided architectural design

Akira Wakita, Akito Nakano, Michihiko Ueno

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Abstract

In this paper, we present Smart Material Aided Architectural Design (SMAAD), the design technique to realize intuitive shape modelling with synchronizing a tangible user interface (TUI) and a 3D CAD system. To realize SMAAD, we first implemented SMAAD Surface, the TUI that imitates the free-form surface. The TUI is a fabric device, in which flex sensors and actuators (shape memory alloys) are embedded. As a designer changes the textile shape using his/her hands, its surface data will be sent to the CAD system through the sensor and a free-form surface can be created in the PC. The operation in the opposite direction is also possible, in which the CAD surface data is sent to the fabric device to dynamically change its shape. SMAAD releases architectural designers from complex GUI operations and visual programming and enables digital model creation through natural manual operations for physical models.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCircuit Bending, Breaking and Mending - Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2011
Pages355-364
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec 1
Event16th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2011 - Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Duration: 2011 Apr 272011 Apr 29

Publication series

NameCircuit Bending, Breaking and Mending - Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2011

Other

Other16th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2011
CountryAustralia
CityNewcastle, NSW
Period11/4/2711/4/29

Keywords

  • Algorithmic design
  • Smart materials
  • Surface modelling
  • Tangible user interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Building and Construction

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    Wakita, A., Nakano, A., & Ueno, M. (2011). SMAAD surface: A tangible interface for smart material aided architectural design. In Circuit Bending, Breaking and Mending - Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2011 (pp. 355-364). (Circuit Bending, Breaking and Mending - Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2011).