Light Touch Matters - EU funded material research
Light.Touch.Matters aims to develop a completely new generation of smart materials that combine touch sensitivity with luminosity, based on the latest developments in polymeric piezo materials and flexible OLEDs.
These objectives will be pursued jointly by product designers and material researchers collaborating in the project. These novel light touch materials have great potential. Manufactured on plastic substrates, they will be thin, flexible and formable, allowing for seamless integration into products.
They promise to greatly expand design freedom and unlock totally new modes of product-user interaction, enabling us to take the next step in product design: the product will become the user interface.
During the project, partners will look at the ways in which existing material properties elicit meaningful experiences, and the ways in which that can inspire particular applications. Through product-user interaction research they will also explore the meanings elicited by the new materials under development.
Based on these insights, designers will develop product concepts in three different iterations, eventually approaching market-feasible light touch products.Light.Touch.Matters will work closely with potential end-users throughout the project to ensure the potential for market uptake.
Light.Touch.Matters is a unique cooperation between product designers and material scientists, with 17 partners from 9 EU countries. It is funded through a grant in the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme.
See the PhysioFriend page for the outcome