SuperCilia Skin
MIT: Tangible Interfaces MAS 834 Hiroshi Ishii
Hayes Raffle, Mitchell Joachim, James Tichenor
Super Cilia Skin is a literal membrane separating a
computer from its environment. Like our skin, it is
haptic I/O membrane that can sense and simulate
movement and wind flow.  Our intention is to have it
be universally applied to sheath any surface.  As a
display, it can mimic another personŐs gesture over a
distance via a form of tangible telepresence.  A
hand-sized interface covered with Super Cilia Skin
would produce subtle changes in surface texture that
feel much like a telepresent "butterfly kiss."  
Felt & silicone prototype model.
"Natura maxime miranda in minimis"
(Nature is greatest in little things)
A Kinesthetic Informatic Interface
A small object surrounded with Super Cilia Skin could
propel itself across the floor, or stop to create
visually expressive changes in surface. Conversely, a
Super Cilia Skin surface could propel objects across
it using mechanical gestures like the movements of a
centipedeŐs feet.