Developed at: MIT Media Lab
Role: Lead interaction design and research
Team: Tal Achituv (lead developer), Ken Nakagaki (researcher), Hiroshi Ishii (advisor)

Project Background:

The current standard for touch-based tabletop interfaces utilizes capacitive touch as a formula for establishing localization upon a surface. However, very few systems take into account pressure or force as an interactive parameter within these platforms. What we propose through S.C.A.L.E. is a system for detecting localization of an external object or agent, utilizing weight and pressure as a controlling constant for the detection of place and pressure.

For its current application, S.C.A.L.E. is designed for easy prototyping of sonic feedback, intended as a testing tool to explore sound to object coupling.