a soft rubber disc that records and plays-back sound (2007)

SpeakCup is a simple tangible interface that uses shape change to convey meaning in its interaction design. It's a voice recorder in the form of a soft silicone disk with embedded sensors and actuators. Advances in sensor technology and material science have provided new ways for users to interact with computational devices. Rather than issuing commands to a system via abstract and multi-purpose buttons, the door is open for more nuanced and application-specific approaches. In this project we explore the coupling of shape and action in an interface designed for simplicity.



Jamie Zigelbaum, Angela Chang, James Gouldstone, Joshua Jen Monzen, Michael Carvajal, Kevin Rustagi, and Hiroshi Ishii