Similar and complementary to the Shape-Shifting Controller, this project's goal was to counteract information overload and distraction. With the Future Experience team at Harman International, I researched how to create an in-car touch controller and armrest that can change their surfaces to convey information intuitively to the driver.
Different surface textures for an armrest or controller can intuitively communicate how to interact with a system, a menu or a in-vehicle functionality. Transforming an input device in input/output also offers the benefits to load balance the human senses for the driver, bringing tactile feedback into the loop.
I worked on the ideation, patenting, proof-of-concept research and creation of the video that outlines the in-vehicle UX.