Portable Haptic Interface
In a world where machines and electronic devices are becoming ubiquitous and portable, the quest for low-cost and ultra-portable haptic interfaces is exponentially growing. However, the market is currently populated either by bulky and expensive interfaces that render forces with high accuracy, either by simple devices that exploit vibrations to render a limited number of sensations. FOLDAWAY, is innovating the field by developing ultra-portable and low cost origami haptic interfaces.
for any portable device
The device has three degrees of freedom and can interact with human fingers by tracking their motion and providing force, stiffness and texture perception. Through its unique origami manufacturing, it is the first interface of its kind that folds-away when not in use. Its palm size, and thin design, makes it the ideal user interface for any portable device. The manufacturing of these structures is cost competitive, scalable and does not require manual assembly.
The origami inspired design allows folding to a very compact configuration when not in use and expansion in 3D whenever needed.
of computer mouse
Foldaway interfaces interact with the operative systems enriching the navigation by translating data information into tangible sensations.
with everyday life
Low power consumption. The devices can be connected to laptops, tablet and smartphones and communicate using the most common protocols.
for Virtual Reality
Recreates touch experience in virtual or augmented interaction with objects.
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Who we are
Ph.D. in robotics on design of miniature human interacting robots. Three years experience as researcher on novel manufacturing techniques and origami inspired robots at the Reconfigurable Robotics Laboratory (RRL) of EPFL.
Mechanical engineer with a Ph.D. in robotics on multi-scale autonomous robots. Main inventor in three patents for foldable systems. Three years experience as researcher and on multimodal locomotion robots at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS) of EPFL.
Founder and Head of the EPFL's Reconfigurable Robotics Laboratory. More than 15 years of research experience in international world-class institutes specializing in mechatronics design and manufacturing toward origami robots. Jamie's role in Foldaway is to advise the team on the design and fabrication of the robotic platform.