Interactive Inflatables – Amplifying Human Behaviors 

Go beyond the screen to animate the body, amplify human behaviors and emotions. The skin is the ultimate touchscreen! The Interactive Inflatables workshop, taught by SENSOREE, plays with sensory input and haptic feedback; arduino + drone motors + inflatables!

There are many ways to animate the body and amplify human behavior or emotions. First, there are functional designs for isolation or protection, like an inflatable vest to calm down the wearer or a helmet that protects from a bike fall. Then, there are empowering forms, like a soft inflatable exoskeleton that protects personal space, or ‘muscles’ appendages that blow up when the wearer feels threatened or in response to flight or flight response. Inflatables can comfort, protect, and express emotions.

We endeavor to work with recycled materials for the inflatables and the electronics. It was a happy a ha moment when we found the drone motor fit inside our used coffee cup! The lid was perfect to mount the design as well. The InflataCup was born.

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InflataCup featured in Make Magazine!


InflataCup kit!


Here are some fun images from our past workshops.

Interactive Inflatables Workshop

Creative Technology dept. at University of Twente (Netherlands) 2014

inflata hiding mask for embarrassment, Stanford, during the TEI2015 conference 2015

Interactive Inflatables Masterclass @ MU

MU Artspace in Eindhoven, Netherlands 2016

Interactive Inflatables Exquisite Corps

Gray Area Festival, San Francisco 2017

We are proud of all the students creating body sensing concepts in this one day workshop. Here are some examples:


An inflatable paw to protect the wallet in your pocket.


An extendable punch.


Please contact to schedule a workshop.

We look forward to seeing what you will make!

Amplify human behaviors with Interactive Inflatables 
Edwin Dertien – creative roboticist (
Kristin Neidlinger – biomedia designer (