MIT Builds Touchable Interfaces With Synthetic Hair
MIT is using the natural sensitivity of hair to create a biologically inspired interface. via Co.Design
Cilia are an amazing biological phenomenon. These super-sensitive microscopic hairs are all over (and inside) us humans, along with many other organisms. They help us hear, eat, and breathe, and they even help us conceive.
In a way, cilia and other types of hair evolved to serve as a natural interface. Hair, after all, “interfaces between the living organism and its environment,” writes Jifei Ou, a PhD candidate at MIT’s Tangible Media Lab and the creator of Cilllia, a project based on the biological concept.