Texture Changing Handles that Improve Cyclists' Safety
Contextualizing the two spaces: traveler and inhabitor
The driver/car passenger [traveler] can learn about dangers outside the car [i.e. biker as inhabator] before existing the car
Pneumatic actuation involving rubber silicone and rubber sheets were explored for texture changes.
Arduino digitally controls the pneumatic pump
Earlier Design Process
Before narrowing down to TARZ and CASE, we explored various mappings for physical space and interaction that we encounter on a daily basis.
Shapes as Media to Inform Meaning and Function
We conceptualized shape changing: TARZ takes after stiffness and form changing aspects, and CASE takes after textural change.
Quick User Testing
We made quick and dirty samples of the new textures on the regular door handles to test user reactions. These are three of our samples. All users indicated noticeable changes in the texture of the handles for all of our samples. Most liked the soft texture on the ends of the image and expressed discomfort and surprise for the middle porcupine prototype.