A new material from MIT can respond to touch, pressure and movement

Many computer-controlled surfaces have the ability to move, but not with the grace or cohesion of natural objects. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Tangible Media Group is working to change that standard by creating Materiable, a platform that can mimic the qualities of real-world materials like rubber, water, sand and others.

The Materiable surface is comprised of 3D pixels that can each detect pressure and respond with simulated physicals corresponding to each material. For example, depending on the material settings, touching the surface may make all pixels ripple like water or bounce like a rubber ball. The platform holds far-ranging applications, from medical procedures to seismology simulations

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