In collaboration with Kai Sasaki, and Shori Kano.

Vital+Morph is a prototype of an organic interface that proposes an unusual viewpoint of the relations between bodies, clinical data and future computational materials. Vital+Morph is intended to be used as a medium for remote physical connection and emotional awareness between people hospitalized in an intensive care unit and their relatives. How to physically engage with clinical data? How can we make them alive again? Signals coming from a Vital Signs Monitoring Station are physicalized into a series reactive tangible objects. Through them a person can feel the internal state of a hospitalized patient, as a new form of co-monitoring. These elements are surrounded by a moldable interface that helps remote persons to share their physical presence. By using today’s available technologies we wanted to create a perceptual equivalent of novel computational materials and explore their social impact in complex contexts such as healthcare.

Developed at the University of Tsukuba (JP).


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Alberto Boem, Kai Sasaki, and Shori Kano. 2017. Vital+Morph: A Shape-changing Interface for Remote Biometric Monitoring. In Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI ’17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 503-509.


Exhibitions and demonstrations:

ACM TEI Conference, Yokohama (JP), 20-23.3.2017

Tsukuba Media Art Festival, Tsukuba (JP), 26.11 – 4.12.2016

Ars Electronica Festival, Linz (AT), 8-12.9.2016



Journal of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan, Vol. 21, No. 4, Dec. 2016, pp. 72-73. ISSN 1342 6680