Haptic Intelligentsia
Haptic Intelligentsia
Haptic Intelligentsia
Haptic Intelligentsia
Haptic Intelligentsia
Haptic Intelligentsia
Haptic Intelligentsia
Haptic Intelligentsia

Haptic Intelligentsia

Bringing Craftsmanship Into a Computerized Technology

HAPTIC INTELLIGENTSIA is a human 3D printing machine that allows the user to tactually perceive the virtual object and to directly transform it into the physical. The user can freely move the extruding gun, which is attached to a haptic interface. When the tip of the gun is moved into a surface region of the virtual object, the interface generates forces under computer control, allowing the user to feel and touch the surface of the object.
Without looking at the computer screen, the only way to visualize the virtual object is to pull the trigger and extrude the material along the feedback surface. The results are always unique and different, depending on how each user responds to the machine’s guidance. The sense of touch is no longer present in our current screen-based interface. HAPTIC INTELLIGENTSIA humanizes the 3D printing process, bringing the user a tactile relationship to the virtual object.

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“There’s something Damien Hirst-like about this. And like art this project transcends the tangible objects themselves, and becomes a critique of current interfaces and a nod to untapped possibility.”
- Julia Whitney, Head of User Experience & Design Group at BBC

“The experience of using this – feeling out the invisible information to produce the visible – must be wonderful.”
- Matt Webb, CEO and Principal at BERG

“This project had a complete story, and the sense of being manually rapid forming something against force feedback was very interesting. … The author identifies that reactions to interacting with the force feedback arm were very positive, I suspect that this may be the case with any implementation of force feedback. The communication of the project was robust and the author talked well about the work.”
- Jack Schulze, Principal at BERG

“By bridging the gap between the physical and virtual object, Haptic Intelligentsia reveals new possibilities for digital fabrication.”
- Allan Chochinov, Editor-in-Chief at Core77