My research focuses on information technology as a prosthetic that can extend what people and societies are capable of knowing and doing. Along the way, I have tackled both tools work (such as my recent work with and Scott Hudson on handling inputs with uncertainty) as well as behavioral work (such as my study of how individuals with chronic health conditions deal with conflicting information online) and work that combines both (such as my work with and Scott Hudson on monitoring and modeling the input of individuals).
Dr. Mankoff has also worked on layered fabric 3d printing. From Disney Research:
We present a new type of 3D printer that can form precise, but soft and deformable 3D objects from layers of off-the-shelf fabric. Our printer employs an approach where a sheet of fabric forms each layer of a 3D object. The printer cuts this sheet along the 2D contour of the layer using a laser cutter and then bonds it to previously printed layers using a heat sensitive adhesive. Surrounding fabric in each layer is temporarily retained to provide a removable support structure for layers printed above it. This process is repeated to build up a 3D object layer by layer. Our printer is capable of automatically feeding two separate fabric types into a single print. This allows specially cut layers of conductive fabric to be embedded in our soft prints. Using this capability we demonstrate 3D models with touch sensing capability built into a soft print in one complete printing process, and a simple LED display making use of a conductive fabric coil for wireless power reception.
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