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a new form of 'tangible' visualization, that is capable of dynamically generating intuitively interpretable physical textures. for instance, a coffee cup’s skin changes into the affordance of a thorn-like texture to prevent the user from handling its extremely hot contents. the heat-sensitive material causes the thorns to rise & visually 'informs' the user that coffee may be too hot to handle.
see also color-changing cofee cup.
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This is a very good idea; hot cup of coffee has always been a problem for me.

Tue 05 Sep 2006 at 1:27 AM

wonder if the "thorns" would actually help to keep your hand away from the heat. Instead of it being "there are spikes, dont touch" could be that the spikes put your hand at enough distance to comfortably hold the cup, unless the spikes are really sharp but if they were sharp enough to do any damage thered be a lawsuit sooner or later

Sun 17 Sep 2006 at 2:07 AM

Oh, cause THAT wouldn't cost a nadload to manufacture! They're already charging an arm and an orifice for a cup of coffee, and now cups that get horny when it's too hot. Consider how it would fit into drink holders. What if the cups are in a box in the back of a truck and it's hot back there? They'd all expand. Think about people holding the cup, and the heat from their hand warms it up and horns protrude into their palms. You think maybe it'd be easier to just, you know, write "THIS SHIT'S HOT" on the side of the cup? Just an idea.

Sun 17 Sep 2006 at 4:29 AM

I think its a great idea and would certainly do well as a marketing gimmick at least

Wed 30 Jul 2008 at 8:14 AM

We truly do have some amazing brains on this planet don't we! This is one of those inventions in which you just need to stand back and admire the work of the brains behind it. Would also have other uses I would suggest in terms of insuring the handler is aware of hot contents.

Fri 24 Oct 2008 at 9:42 PM
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