2018 Retreat

We went to Arnold, CA for our annual shape lab retreat. We had a lot of fun hiking, swimming in the river, wine tasting, cooking, and discussing new research directions and how we might make it more accessible and meaningful for a broader audience!

activities, brainstorming

CHI 2018

We had a great time attending CHI 2018, presenting our work, meeting other HCI researchers, exploring Montréal, eating delicious French/Canadian food! Parastoo, Alexa, and Yiwei presented papers from our lab:

Inrak and Evan presented and demoed work they did as interns at Microsoft Research:

  • Inrak Choi, Eyal Ofek, Hrvoje Benko, Mike Sinclair, Christian Holz. 2018. CLAW: A Multifunctional Handheld Haptic Controller for Grasping, Touching, and Triggering in Virtual Reality. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ‘18). ACM, New York, NY, USA. DOI: //

  • Evan Strasnick, Christian Holz, Eyal Ofek, Mike Sinclair, Hrvoje Benko. 2018. Haptic Links: Bimanual Haptics for Virtual Reality Using Variable Stiffnes Actuation. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ‘18). ACM, New York, NY, USA. DOI: //

shape lab lunch around Vieux Montréal

demos, papers, chi, awards, publications

shapeShift on WSJ

The Wall Street Journal is covering our work with Volkswagen’s Virtual Engineering Lab exploring Haptic Shape Displays for Virtual Reality design applications. Read it here


We also have a new shapeShift video with applications in VR:

media, haptics, shapeShift

Haptics Symposium 2018

We had a great time attending and presenting some of our new work at the 2018 Haptics Symposium in San Francisco. Kai presented his paper on Electrostatic Adhesive Brakes for High Spatial Resolution Refreshable 2.5D Tactile Shape Displays. Alexa and Kai also gave some hands-on demonstrations on their shape displays, and we hosted over 100 visitors on technical tours of our lab.

Kai's presentation on electrostatic adhesive brakes for shape displays.

Kai and Sean presenting a hands-on demonstration.

Alexa presenting a hands-on demonstration of shapeShift.

Giving a tour of our lab to haptics symposium attendees.

conferences, publications, haptics

Happy End of 2017!

This year was shape lab’s first ever THP (Traditional Holiday Party) party! We spent it bonding while painting ceramics. Happy Holidays everyone!

THP @Color Me Mine

results before baking and glazing

results after baking and glazing

activities, holiday party

Awards @UIST 2017

There were more awards at UIST this year. Congratulations to Inrak for his Best Paper Award on grabity!

Congratulations to Evan for his Best Paper Honorable Mention on Scanalog!

And last, congratulations to Alexa and Eric for their Best Demo Honorable Mention on shapeShift!

demos, papers, uist, awards, publications