Modulares Interface B.A. is a physical interface for iPad, created by Interaction Designer Florian Born, that uses knobs, buttons and sliders to provide precision and haptic feedback when operating a digital interface.
The project is a design concept meant to explore ways to bring more haptic feedback to iPad controllers.
Here’s a video demo of the Modulares Interface in action:
Here’s what Born has to say about the system:
The project has been developed to provide a variety of physical controllers. These controllers expand the usage of a touch device with a haptic feedback while adjusting parameters. By using magnets, the different controllers can easily be arranged onto the iPad. A modular interface appears, which uses a given device just like the iPad.
The system contains three different parts:
- The physical controllers (button, slider and knob), made out of conductive aluminium to pass on the electrical discharge of the human skin.
- A frame, made out of aluminium and plastic, in which the iPad is inserted. The edge of the frame has embedded magnets, making it possible to position the controller precisely and easily.
- The software, running as an app on the iPad. It organizes the control elements and sends the parameters to the corresponding software, which is controlled by the modular interface.
Details on the Modulares Interface are available at Born’s site.