This paper presents a toolkit that allows to easily prototype with bendable color ePaper displays for designing and studying novel body-worn interfaces in mobile scenarios. We introduce a software and hardware platform that enables researchers for the first time to implement fully-functional wearable and UbiComp applications with interactive, curved color pixel displays. Further, we provide a set of visual and sensory-rich materials for customization and mounting options. To technically validate our approach and demonstrate its promising potential, we implemented eight real-world applications ranging from personal information and mobile data visualizations over active notifications to media controls. Finally, we report on first usage experiences and conclude with a research roadmap that outlines future applications and directions.

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Bendable Color ePaper Displays for Novel Wearable Applications and Mobile Visualization
Konstantin Klamka, Raimund Dachselt
In the 34th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology Adjunct Proceedings. UIST ’21, Virtual Event, USA. ACM, 2021.
Publisher Video Research Website

Bendable Color ePaper Displays:
for Novel Wearable Applications and Mobile Visualization

Category Wearables and eTextiles
Project date 2021
Project URL imld.de/epaper/
Collaborators Prof. Raimund Dachselt
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and Methods
Arduino Bendable EPD ACeP C ANCS HID Rapid Prototyping 3D-Printing Laser Cutting Soldering Sensors
Presentation at ACM UIST 2021
Virtual Event (due to COVID-19)