An exploration of novel human-computer interface devices



Kitchen Mania is a project stemming from the first summer research group at Brooklyn Research, titled New Forms of Interaction. As part of this research group, we sought to explore the intersection of virtual and physical space, in response to an evolving digital culture that directly affects our internal reward systems. We used screen-based game control as a starting point for understanding and exploring new methods of interacting with physical computer interfaces.

One of the primary goals of Kitchen Mania is to influence and challenge the public’s perspective on how they see themselves interacting with machines. For this reason, it was important to us to create functional human interface devices that simultaneously perform real physical tasks. While playful, we believe these controllers show the viability of highly accurate / low latency passive sensing of existing electronic appliances. This work has applications in creative technology, art, and internet of things (IoT) fields.

Shown At

Brooklyn Research

The Weekly Weekly

NYC Maker Faire 2018



The PulpPad is a controller consisting of 4 electric juicers arranged in a directional pad layout. When a juicer is pressed down, a non-invasive current sensor sends analog data to a microcontroller in a custom circuit. The microcontroller runs precise state detection code, sensitive to 1/10th of a second, which allows for accurate HID input to a computer. LEDs illuminate the controller housing when a juicer is pressed, providing additional visual feedback to the player.



The conROLLER is rolling pin controller built from acrylic tubing. When the pin is rolled across a surface, the acrylic body rotates while the gear attached to the axle remains fixed. The axle rotation moves the gears on the rotary encoder, allowing us to determine directionality. The custom designed handles feature an ergonomic, rubberized grip, a pushbutton switch, and embedded haptic feedback motors.


  • Arduino IDE

  • Eagle

  • Blender

  • Adobe Illustrator

  • OtherMill Desktop CNC


  • Teensy 3.2

  • Custom PCB

  • Custom 3D printed handles

  • Non-invasive current sensors

  • RGB leds (WS2812b)

  • Haptic motors

  • Rotary encoder


  • Physical computing

  • Rapid prototyping

  • Circuit design & fabrication

  • 3D design & printing

  • Digital fabrication

My role

  • Concept creation

  • Physical & interaction design

  • Software development

  • PCB design & fabrication