The Transformative Human Interfaces for the Next Generation (THING) Lab, directed by Daniel Leithinger, employs shape-changing materials, novel sensors and unique design methods to make digital information tangible, paving the way for a new generation of interactivity that goes beyond sight and sound.



  • Clement Zheng, Jeeeun Kim, Daniel Leithinger, Mark D. Gross, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2019. Mechamagnets: Designing and Fabricating Haptic and Functional Physical Inputs with Embedded Magnets. In Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '19). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 325-334. DOI:
  • Ryo Suzuki, Junichi Yamaoka, Daniel LeithingerTom YehMark D. Gross, Yoshihiro Kawahara, Yasuaki Kakehi. 2018. Dynablock: Dynamic 3D Printing for Instant and Reconstructable Shape Formation. In Proceedings of The 31st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST'18). DOI: (Berlin, Germany — Oct. 14-17, 2018).

  • Udayan Umapathi, Patrick Shin, Ken Nakagaki, Daniel Leithinger, and Hiroshi Ishii. 2018. Programmable Droplets for Interaction. In Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA. DOI: (Montreal QC, Canada — April 21 - 26, 2018).