A spray that gives an interactive twist to any surface
Electrick combines a spray that applies a conductive paint to any surface and a software capable, via electrodes, of tracking finger touches, using the electric field tomography principle. The process can be combined with other innovations, such as 3D printing. Electrick creators designed a 3D-printed drum which, once covered with the conductive material, becomes a touch-sensitive toy.
The touchscreen objects we know today are small and flat (smartphones, tablets, advertising displays). Electrick overcomes two main limits of current touch technologies: their incompatibility with large surfaces, for cost reasons, and objects with complex or irregular shapes. This cheap, versatile, innovation could enable everyone to create their own interfaces, in an intuitive, mobile and immediate way.
Spotted in 2018
By UCT (South Africa)
- United States