Living things in nature have long been utilizing the ability to "heal" their wounds on the soft body to survive in the outer environment. In order to impart this self-healing property to our daily life interface, we proposed Self-healing UI, a soft-bodied sensing and actuation interface that can intrinsically self-heal damages without external stimuli or glue. Leveraging its inherent self-healing property, we also demonstrated sheet-based stacking fabrication without gluing or post-processing and several interactive applications as one of the shape-changing interfaces.

Koya Narumi*, Fang Qin*, Siyuan Liu, Huai-Yu Cheng, Jianzhe Gu, Yoshihiro Kawahara, Mohammad Islam, Lining Yao, “Self-healing UI: Mechanically and Electrically Self-healing Materials for Sensing and Actuation Interfaces” in Proceedings of the 26th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology (UIST), To appear, (* joint first authors).
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