Als illustrated in the previous post, adapting common shapes of metal-based electronics may not necessarily be the best choice while designing flexible electroincs and lacks a certain consideration and reflection on the material’s specific qualities.
Alternativly, by considering the materialibility of a paper-based potentiometer, a new shape can be developed, that offers another form of interaction with this device: Instead of the typical knob movement the user can regulate the resistence of the potentiometer by squeezing it’s kinetic paper structure.
Altering the Formsprache of electronics
Advanced manufacturing technologies can lead to a new way of shaping an object. The size of a mobile phones f.eg. tended to decrease. The size of mobile phones for example decreased due to the possibility of integrating smaller batteries and electronics. For example Reducing the size and weight of a camera by using a shape-memory allows instead of the rather heavy and big electro-moter to adjust and move it’s lens position. A change of materials can definitely alter the shape of an electronic device or product. *
Thus a flexible, bendable or even foldable circuit board will enlarge the variety of producable electronical devices. Therefore Cirquid has a great potential to built varous prototypes for exploring new shapes and interaction forms for flexible circuits. It can be used for rapid prototyp purposes while there is no need for using metal based material or complex working steps.
** Of course, an improvement of technology does not always have to be a benefit for the product. The absense of a washing mashine’s typical humming sound f.e. is claimed to cause the user to worry, if the mashine is really switched on or is mail-functioning, because the anticipated iconic sound working. Therefor using advanced motors, that no longer cause this sound as a byproduct has to be considered.