Most shape displays are costly, bulky and not portable. To further research in the field of tangible displays it should be made available to the wider community by making a cheaper, cost effective shape display.
The design and manufacturing were conducted in three phases which explored various technologies of actuation and design variants. Each phase of development focused on a particular aspect of the display namely cost-effectiveness, high resolution and even portability.
Higher resolution variants were difficult to fabricate on a laser cutter as the latent heat of nearby display elements made the entire board warp, this was fixed with a heat press. Other challenges faced during development have been logged in the thesis report.
The project was designed as a part of my Master’s thesis at UCL and received a distinction.