Flexkit: A Rapid Prototyping Platform for Flexible Displays

David Holman, Jesse Burstyn, Ryan Brotman, Audrey Younkin, Roel Vertegaal

Abstract:
Commercially available development platforms for flexible displays are not designed for rapid prototyping. To create a deformable interface, one that uses a functional flexible display, designers must be familiar with embedded hardware systems and corresponding programming. We introduce Flexkit, a platform that allows designers to rapidly prototype deformable applications. With Flexkit, designers can rapidly prototype using a thin-film electrophoretic display (E Ink), one that is "Plug and Play". To demonstrate Flexkit's ease-of-use, we present its application in PaperTab's design iteration as a case study. We further discuss how dithering can be used to increase the frame rate of E Ink displays from 1fps to 5fps.


In Proceedings of the adjunct publication of the 26th annual ACM symposium adjunct on User interface software and technology (UIST '13 Adjunct).