Date of Award

8-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Electrical Engineering

Committee Member

Dr. Ian D. Walker, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. Keith E. Green

Committee Member

Dr. Richard E. Groff

Abstract

Research in new display technologies has garnered great interest in the recent years. Curved screens and foldable displays have already been commercialized. However a relatively new field of research is in dynamic shape-changing or shape-shifting displays. These displays utilize the ability to change their shape dynamically as another dimension of representing visual data. These displays potentially augmented with colors, can help visualize three dimensional data such as terrains, city and building plans, and medical data. They can also be used in new ways of Human-Computer Interaction by developing user interfaces that transform physically based on the scenario. While there is research being done on new ways of using shape displays for interaction and manipulation, not much focus has been given to the issue of cost and scalability. The general shape displays which are currently being developed have individual pixels which need to be actuated. The commercial linear actuators which are used in these displays are extremely expensive and are not meant for such purposes. This thesis presents a design for a dynamic pixel-based shape changing display which focuses on cost and scalability by using custom designed modular actuators and sensor packages.

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