PV-Tiles: Towards Closely-Coupled Photovoltaic and Digital Materials for Useful, Beautiful and Sustainable Interactive Surfaces

Yogesh Kumar Meena, Krishna Seunarine, Deepak Ranjan Sahoo, Simon Robinson, Jennifer Pearson, Chi Zhang, Matt Carnie, Adam Pockett, Andrew Prescott, Suzanne K. Thomas, Harrison Ka Hin Lee, Matt Jones
2020 Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems  
The interactive, digital future with its seductive vision of Internet-of-Things connected sensors, actuators and displays comes at a high cost in terms of both energy demands and the clutter it brings to the physical world. But what if such devices were made of materials that enabled them to self-power their interactive features? And, what if those materials were directly used to build aesthetically pleasing environments and objects that met practical physical needs as well as digital ones? In
more » ... his paper we introduce PV-Tiles -a novel material that closely couples photovoltaic energy harvesting and light sensing materials with digital interface components. We consider potential contexts, use-cases and light gestures surfaced through co-creation workshops; and, present initial technological designs and prototypes. The work opens a new set of opportunities and collaborations between HCI and material science, stimulating technical and design pointers to accommodate and exploit the material's properties.
doi:10.1145/3313831.3376368 dblp:conf/chi/MeenaSSR0ZCPPTL20 fatcat:eqyqf4g43vgbbfxl22rek5go4a