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Embodied Interaction HS2019

TOPIC: Embodied Fabrication 


Dr Joëlle Bitton
Verena Ziegler

Guest contributions:
Florian Bruggisser
Luke Franzke
Roman Jurt
Andrés Villa-Torres

Office hours by appointment

The course runs from 12.11.19 - 20.12.19, from 9.00 - 17.00. See Timetable for more detailed hours and classrooms.

Overview and Objectives

The course proposes an examination and speculation of technologies as they related to Embodied Interaction (ie. mobile computing, wearable interfaces, location-based interactions and digital fabrication...).
This examination covers societal, ethical and social influences.

This year, the course puts an emphasis on 'Embodied Fabrication', where digital fabrication is approached from the perspective of embodiment.
With more flexible and more accessible modes of fabrication, and with social aspects of fabrication emerging in recent years, we have the opportunity to investigate ways that we can transform our physical selves and environments.

During this module, we'll uncover some of these possibilities by designing and informing body orthotics with personal data. By group or individual work, you'll propose such form of body extension.
Design factors may include:
• material intimacy
• processes of fabrication / physical interactions that impact digital fabrication
• wearability
• performative aspects

Your work will encounter some of these research questions:

Expectations and Gradings

Grades will be based on group presentations and exercises, class participation, documentation (journal) and final work. 
Contributing to constructive group feedback is an essential aspect of class participation. 
Regular attendance is required. Two or more unexcused absences will affect the final grade. Arriving late on more than one occasion will also affect the grade.

Final work 50% 

Group exercises/presentations 20% 

Journal Documentation 20% 

Class participation 10% 

Any assignment that remains unfulfilled receives a failing grade.  


Course outline  

Student Teams & Journals


Embodied Interaction: Exploring the Foundations of a New Approach to HCI

Creating physical visualizations with makervis

Supporting the design and fabrication of physical visualizations

Related Projects 


Magnetic Movie

Technorama Building (analog wind visualization)

Experimental study of apparent behavior

Study for Fifteen Points

Parametric design and Digital Fabrication for Inflatables

Fashion context

Tools and Software

Tools available: 3D printer (Ultimaker, Delta, Cetus, Single-line), laser cutter, foam cutter, wire bender, photogrammetry....

Additional Tutorials & References

Rhino and Grasshopper basics workshop Pocket

Kinect & Skanect

Skanect to Rhino

Rhino to Grasshopper



Arduino wireless sensor kit





3. (Chapter 4 - Tranformation)





Examples Scan Data / Rhino

Arm.3dmBody copy.3dmHead.3dm

Example populating mesh / Grasshopper


Example using shiftr-io / Grasshopper

Textile laboratory ZHdK