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Flexible Large Area Sensors for Highly Enhanced Displays (FLASHED)
Start date: Oct 1, 2013, End date: Sep 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

We have seen a large rise of novel and user-friendly interfaces that move beyond the paradigm of mouse and keyboard for input. Multi-touch screens are now the de-facto standard in mobile devices such as phones and tablets. This rise in adoption of such natural user interfaces shows there is a great deal of user demand for simpler ways of navigating information and content, where the computer interface is not a barrier, but enables them to accomplish tasks more quickly and easily.Arguably whilst the input between user and computer has become greatly enriched due to innovations in user sensing technologies such as touch and depth sensors, there has been less significant work that has explored novel output or display mechanisms coupled with this novel input. FLASHED will address this challenge of building a novel user interface device that couples novel input with output.A major problem of flexible displays is still the lack of interactivity, because none of the market-ready touch solutions are flexible. Therefore, one major goal of FLASHED is the development of novel, flexible touchscreen solutions, covering aspects like cost-effectiveness and energy-efficiency. Moreover, the FLASHED project puts strong emphasis on user-friendly interfaces. The FLASHED device itself consists of a flexible display, a touchscreen layer using a force-sensing touch array and a feedback actuator layer .The R&D work starts with research into developing new ink-materials for the touchscreen as well as the feedback actuator layer and with the development of the layers, of the microcontroller, and of the software. Based on these input layers, we will integrate them with the flexible display and implement demonstrators. Formative evaluation combined with a two-round development process will ensure that the FLASHED results fit its users' needs while summative evaluation will validate the overall utility of the approach to promote flexible interactive surfaces.
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