Computerized Clay?

What if a material could be manipulated both digitally and physically through a seamless two-directional interaction?
As a designer you know that there are limitations to the sketching, renderings and imaging that one does. Despite the 3D images, you still need to translate your ideas into an actual physical form. The existing human-computer interface designs limit our “tactile faculties”. The Digital Clay is an attempt to surpass the physical and digital divide via touch.

Notes from the Designer:

“Digital clay is a material interface that helps satisfy the needs of today’s technologically driven society by providing the means for new forms of remote physical communication and interactions. This interface has important implications for areas ranging from design, to communication and entertainment. As a physical 3D modeling tool, it is the first step towards a future of materials with the ability to transfer three-dimensional information digitally, democratizing digital technologies for all users. The interface creates a two-way interaction between a digital interface and a physical surface, allowing users to manipulate physical objects through the computer, or vice versa. This creates a system where users can manipulate forms physically and digitally through a seamless two-directional interaction.”

Designer: Isabel Lizardi

Digital Clay by Isabel Lizardi




  • Annika.y says:

    I still have no idea how it works…..

    • Dogbert says:

      And I still have no idea what it’s supposed to do…

      It sounds like an amorphous set of sentences to me, sorry.

  • julia says:

    the name indicates that you can use it for model making and instead of having to scan your clay model to be able to work on it 3d the clay does that for you. so the clay knows what shape it has and informs your computer so that you then don’t need a 3d scanner but that’s just a guess

  • M.S.W. says:

    It looks kind of like the 3D interface of from the XMEN movie (the 3D image created using pins of NYC). Except this version has a much lower data point resolution due the large cell size.

  • Sounds good,would like to see it in action!keep up the original ideas.I say this as a clay pipe maker.

  • sarrel says:

    hey, it’s like a tablet for sculptors! Fun Idea, but it probably costs a small fortune…

  • tmkiwipeel says:

    What if i rip a piece of clay off?

  • tmkiwipeel says:

    What if i rip a piece of clay off?

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