Engineering Interactive Technologies (fall 2021)

Class content: Provides instruction in building cutting-edge interactive technologies, explains the underlying engineering concepts, and shows how those technologies evolved over time. Students use a studio format (i.e., extended periods of time) for constructing software and hardware prototypes. Topics include interactive technologies, such as multi-touch, augmented reality, haptics, wearables, and shape-changing interfaces. In a group project, students build their own interactive hardware/software prototypes and present them in a live demo at the end of term.

We are currently updating the class for fall 2021. If you are interested to see the course schedule for the previous offering, you can find it here: 6.810 fall 2020

Labs & Homeworks (20%)

PSets (40%)

Group Project (40%)


Week Date Room Lecture (1-1.30pm) Lab (1.30-4pm) Pset Project Notes
1 Sept 8 (wed) Course Overview, Conductive Inkjet Printing & Capacitive Touch Sensing Lab 1: Circuit Drawings for Conductive Inkjet Printing
CHI Deadline (Sept. 9)
Sept 10 (fr) Introduce Yourself (1 min per person) Lab 2: Sensing Touch from Inkjet Printed Circuit
Intro Slide due: upload slide here
2 Sept 15
Capacitive Sensing Elements: Sliders, Dials, and Multi-Touch Pads Lab 3: Sending Touch Data to Processing
Pset1 released: Multi-Touch Pad: Circuit Design
Sept 17 (fr) Sensing Motion: Rotation, Elongation, Sheet + Shape Lab 4: Sensing Input from a Touch Slider
Spray Teams due: enter team here
3 Sept 22 (wed) Other Fabrication Techniques: Spraying, Screen Printing, Vinyl Cutting + EL Displays catch up time to work on pset1 or finish up any lab you got stuck Pset1 due: Multi-Touch Pad: Circuit Design
Career Exploration Week
Sept 24 (fr) no lecture, we are spraying today Lab 5: Spraying an Electroluminescent Display
Pset2 released: Multi-Touch Pad: Assembling the Circuit Career Exploration Week
4 Sept 29 (wed) Printed Displays: Electrochromic, Thermochromic Lab 6: Controlling your EL Display & Creating a Temperature Sensor Project Teams due: enter team here
Oct 1 (fr) Actuation & Communication: Shape Change, RFID, Wireless Power Lab 7: Assembling and Programming the Interactive Mug

Pset2 due: Multi-Touch Pad: Assembling the Circuit
5 Oct 6 (wed) Conductive 3D Printing + Textiles Lab 8: Mug Assembly & Display Control Using Temperature Pset3 released: Multi-Touch: Sensing Multi-Touch Input
Oct 8 (fr) idea presentations #1 catch up time Ideas due: upload ideas and present in class Add Date
6 Oct 13 (wed) idea presentations #2 Lab 9: 3D Modeling the Lamp
Pset3 due: Multi-Touch: Sensing Multi-Touch Input
UIST 2021
Oct 15 (fr) HCI Overview: Multi-Touch Technologies Lab 10: Slicing and 3D Printing the Lamp Pset4 released: Multi-Touch: Visualizing Multi-Touch Input
7 Oct 20 (wed) HCI Overview: Brain Computer Interfaces
catch up time, work on technical proposal
Technical Proposal due: upload proposal here
Oct 22 (fr) HCI Overview: Haptics and Force Feedback catch up time, order parts, work on pset4 Pset4 due: Multi-Touch: Visualizing Multi-Touch Input
Ordering Parts due: first order for milestone #1 parts made
8 Oct 27 (wed) HCI Overview: Augmented Reality Lab 11: Conductive Yarn for Creating the Lamp Shade Pset5 released: Multi-Touch: Gesture Detection
Oct 29 (fr) HCI Overview: Sound Interfaces Lab 12: Control Circuit for the Interactive Lamp
Family Weekend
9 Nov 3 (wed) HCI Overview: Health Sensing catch up time Pset5 due: Multi-Touch: Gesture Detection
Nov 5 (fr) Lab 13: Drawing Rotoscopes
Milestone #1: upload videos
10 Nov 10 (wed) Lab 14:Taking Photos & Photo Editing
Nov 12 (fr) Lab 15: Video Recording & Editing
Milestone #2: upload videos
11 Nov 17 (wed) catch up time Drop Date (Nov 18)
Nov 19 (fr) group project worktime Milestone #3: upload videos
12 Nov 24 (wed) optional class group project worktime Thanksgiving pre-travel
Nov 26 (fr) no class Thanksgiving
13 Dec 1 (wed) group project worktime Milestone #4: upload videos
Dec 3 (fr) group project worktime at most one assignment due between this date and the end of the last class
14 Dec 8 (wed) Final Presentations Live demos Final presentation: upload slides here last class