Capacitive blocks: A block system that connects the physical with the virtual using changes of capacitance

Arika Yoshida, Buntarou Shizuki, Jiro Tanaka

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Abstract

We propose a block-stacking system based on capacitance. The system, called Capacitive Blocks, allows users to build 3D models in a virtual space by stacking physical blocks. The construction of the block-stacking system is simple, and fundamental components including physical blocks can be made with a 3D printer. The block is a capacitor that consists of two layers made of conductive plastic filament and between them a layer made of non-conductive plastic filament. In this paper, we present a prototype of this block-stacking system and the mechanism that detects the height of blocks (i.e., the number of stacked blocks) by measuring the capacitance of the stacked blocks, which changes in accordance with the number of stacked blocks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST 2015 - Adjunct Publication of the 28th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages85-86
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450337809
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov 6
Externally publishedYes
Event28th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2015 - Charlotte, United States
Duration: 2015 Nov 82015 Nov 11

Other

Other28th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2015
CountryUnited States
CityCharlotte
Period15/11/815/11/11

Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • Building block
  • Capacitive Block
  • Computational crafts
  • Interactive devices
  • Stacking
  • Tangible

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Yoshida, A., Shizuki, B., & Tanaka, J. (2015). Capacitive blocks: A block system that connects the physical with the virtual using changes of capacitance. In UIST 2015 - Adjunct Publication of the 28th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (pp. 85-86). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2815585.2815731