Progressively reveal layers of capabilities

If physical objects can provide abilities to control and navigate through algorithmic systems, what are ways to hide and reveal features to help isolate it’s functions and capabilities? This experiment investigates how complex system can be hidden within a simple form and how it can progressively reveal layers of capabilities through user interaction. When certain parts are initiated, it physically animates and transforms to display or hide these features. This system provide constrains oppose to layout out all the features and controls on a single display.

Key Traits:

- The goal is to design a system ithat s complex, but initially presents itself simple. so different functions are revealed as needed.

- Initial interface presented in it’s raw form

- Progressively revealing layers of capabilities

- Isolate functions and introduce new feature

- If with other objects, it will change it’s form to interact with other object.

- Ideally when every side of this object can open, it can provide a perpetual sense of discovery during use.

Left object is in it’s initial activated state and the right object in it’s natural raw state

Another image of the object in it’s initial activated state

object of this experiment in it’s full display mode after all switches have been initiated

During the making phase, I’ve tested on several raw geometric forms and ended up settling on a polyhedron. This is the first prototyping phase, so the quick mockup is made with cardboards.

Placing hall effect sensors inside the prototype

Because for this experiment I’m using magnet sensors, I had to rig this glove with magnets on all fingertips to get a sense of it’s interaction. This image shows the glove flipped inside out to hotglue the magnet in for future removal.

This is a initial sketch of how this object may interact with other objects to form a larger entity.

These are some initial sketches about this idea and how a polygon may change forms.

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