What is Skweezee?

A Skweezee is an interactive system that responds to squeezes. The Skweezee technology implements the sensing of squeezes through ‘computationally enabled’ soft materials; the computation of the sensed squeezes to a workable format; and the generation of an appropriate system reaction. Skweezee aims to preserve the rich dynamics of squeezes.

Skweezee with Processing

Selected Examples

Lichtboom installation
Lichtboom—RasberryPi installation

Sailing Skweezee VR game
Sailing Skweezee—Unity VR game

Humble game
Humble—Processing game

More examples →

Why Skweezee?

Skweezee as technology is the way we investigate ‘squeeze interaction’ in an ongonig academic research project. We study the conceptualisation, creation, and use of squeeze interaction in various settings. We publish the resulting technology as open souce project, and invite makers, designers, artists, and researchers to contribute to the understanding of squeeze interactions by making them.

For questions regarding our roadmap, please contact us.

Read More

We have compiled a reading list with references to our own Skweezee papers and key resources that we used in the development of the Skweezee toolkit. These source materials offer a theoretical foundation and insight in the rationale of the Skweezee toolkit.

Reading List →

» Get Started «

To create a Skweezee, you need the following: a soft, conductive material; an Arduino (with optional Skweezee shield); and a computer running Processing.

Take a look at our Quickstart Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Skweezee Technology

We publish Skweezee technology under open source licenses. The following components have been released in public:

Note that although Skweezee is independant from specific platforms, current Skweezees technology is developed on the Processing platform. Expect alternatives to be released soon(ish).
Skweezee with Processing

Behind Skweezee

The Skweezee Toolkit enables makers to create, explore, and understand squeeze interactions with soft, conductive materials. The toolkit aims to bring squeeze interaction theory to practice. In the BEHIND SKWEEZEE booklet, we give insight into the definitions, electronic circuits, calculations, and coding patterns behind the Skweezee technology. The booklet combines matter originating from various disciplines, including interaction design, physics, psychology, electronics, mathematics, programming, and law.

Download the Behind Skweezee booklet as PDF.

How to Sew a Skweezee

In the HOW TO SEW A SKWEEZEE booklet, we offer basic sewing guides, sewing patterns of geometrical shapes, and offer instructions to create your own patterns. The booklet concludes with some tips regarding sewing wires of the Skweezee.

Download the How to Sew a Skweezee booklet as PDF.

Technical FAQ?

We have received questions at academic conferences and public venues, for example if it is possible to create a wireless Skweezee or how big it can be. Some of these questions get frequently asked, so we have listed these and our answers on the following page:

Technical FAQ →

e-Media research lab, KU Leuven

Skweezee is developed at the e-Media research lab of KU Leuven. The e-Media Research Lab investigates, develops and implements novel techniques to enhance the human condition with embodied media. Our systems contain sensors that capture input from a human user or information from the environment, algorithms that analyze these data, and intelligent systems with actuators that generate meaningful output. Central to our research questions is how humans will perceive this output, and how they respond to it. Often we implement fully interactive systems that are fun and engaging, and at the same time serve a serious purpose. Our human-centered systems are applied in the domains of health care, learning, arts and entertainment. More info on kuleuven.be/emedia