Thinking/Creating with Active Materials

Light on Paper

Transforming smart materials into ephemeral interactive devices through a DIY approach


How can we take existing smart materials and transform them into ephemeral interactive devices through a DIY approach?

New materials and transient technology, i.e., technology designed to degrade, create both exciting possibilities and new challenges. Using this technology is fundamentally different to building existing interactive interfaces and devices. A device that feels like paper and can be thrown in the compost after use changes our interactions and perceptions. What will this mean for our experience with such devices? Perhaps we will find new values for our technology as we realign our perceptions to that of non-digital artifacts that have value precisely because they age and decay. We can shift value from longevity to ephemerality while meeting the challenges of environmental impact.