“Abformer” is a modelingtool for molding real objects, construct fictitious digital objects and manipulate existing digital objects. By the way of using this haptic device the user is not only able to be aware of the visually desired digital object.
The structure of the “Abformer” is composed of an assembly of plate elements and hinges. Between the hinges in the middle are built in trimmpotentiometer, thereby it is possible to determine the angles between the plates. They are connected with copper foil on the surface of the plates and on the borders with cables. The combination of all conductive elements ends in a connection to the connected Arduino Mega. The Arduino is used as a collector of the resulting data and also as an interface to other programs. The collected angles are sended to Cinema 4D via Python and used by Xpresso to fold the virtual model almost simultaneously.
The basic shape of the plates consists of an equilateral triangle. The simple definition of a triangle is ideal for a module system to cover many conditions like a blanket. The finished test model got as a base three hexagons that are equipped with 12 potentiometers.
Setup in late 2009 by a group of graduates from the Royal College of Art / Imperial College London; BREAD is a collective entity that brings together a range of multidisciplinary individuals to engage in research led design practice through collaboration and incubation.
Here is an extract from their design manifesto / rationale :
“From Research to Prototype
Made up of architects, designers, engineers, scientists and artists, we share a common belief that good research leads to smarter solutions. With members skilled in everything from people centred design to advanced materials’ research, we focus on turning concepts into physical propositions thereby bringing our ideas into a realm where we can deal better with their technicalities.'”
Kebony is based on a process where sustainable wood is made more durable, harder and more stable using liquids from biowaste material. Kebony is a sustainable alternative to hardwoods from tropical regions. The products resemble teak and other tropical varieties of wood. It is dark, and acquires a silver grey patina over time if left untreated. One of the notable benefits of Kebonization is the resistance to weather and wear.
The Kebony technology is a cost effective, sustainable and independently verified alternative to depleting hardwoods. The company’s patent-protected processes yield products that deliver major improvements in durability and dimensional stability, at the same time as they are aesthetically pleasing. Kebony products are suitable for a multitude of applications and designs – encompassing both indoor and outdoor applications.