LineFORM from Tangible Media Group on Vimeo.

I thought that Lineform – by Hiroshi Ishii, Ken Nakagaki, and Sean Follmer was particularly compelling due to not only its simplicity, but its range of applicability. Lineform is a “shape changing interface” in the form of a ‘line’ it is a kind of robotic string that can change itself to fit multiple proposes. It can act as a telephone, transmit and receive data as a touchpad, it can represent digital change through movement that represents digital actions, it can record your motions and make your repeat them, it can serve as a stencil, it can function as a lamp when a light bulb is plugged into it, or as whatever is required when anything else is attached. Just the amount of things that you can do with a 3d line is really impressive to me, and is nicely straightforward. Overall I think that the possibilities that lineform represent are very interesting, but I would like to see it applied to more practical/everyday tasks and actions