relief is an actuated tabletop display, which is able to render and animate three-dimensional shapes with a malleable surface. the project is the creation of mit students daniel leithinger, adam kumpf and hiroshi ishii in the tangible media group. rather than experience information through a two dimensional display, relief is able to represent data as a three dimension surface. the system uses a series of 120 rods with a stretched piece fabric covering it. open source hardware and software controls the system which can also sense a user pushing or pulling the rods. while it can’t display images of complex data, relief excels at showing geographical terrain.

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