Wire Mesh Grip Shape Shifting Design

MIT Calls It “Transformable Woven Studies”

We think it looks like a giant, futuristic wire mesh grip.

Imagine if your electrical connectors could be exponentially strengthened, bent and flexed to the exact configuration of the space, based on a few tugs of a wire mesh grip?

That concept is being researched at Transformable Woven Studies program in the MIT Self-Assembly Lab. Yes, they’re also building programmable tables and developing large-scale, light-activated carbon fiber.

But it was the giant wire mesh grips that caught our eye.

Transformable Woven Studies from Self-Assembly Lab, MIT on Vimeo.

How Great is That?

Typically, a wire mesh grip is added to an electrical cord grip to better secure the cable for vertical runs, or when bending and flexing occurs. The woven design tightens around the cable as it moves, ensuring that it won’t pull out of the connector.

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A typical wire mesh grip

Applications Beyond Imagination

MIT is now busy at work applying the concept to daily life. One of their innovations is for office areas.

With cubicles still reigning over the landscape of the American office, many employees are desperate for a space to dull the chatter of the office, have meetings in peace and generally escape the open atmosphere. Unfortunately, cubicles are still found in nearly every office in the country.

But MIT has applied Transformative Woven Studies to open office spaces with a prototype that takes the cylindrical, woven concept and applies it to meeting and work spaces.

Enter the Work Pod

Working with textiles and materials that can be ‘programmed’ to self-construct, they created a wooden pod that lowers from the ceiling and expands into a temporary workspace.

Transformable Meeting Space from Self-Assembly Lab, MIT on Vimeo.

We’ll say it again. How cool is that?

It’s refreshing to see such creative minds taking design concepts to new levels! Who knows what could be created from some of the tools that we use every day. When you take a step back and look at things from a fresh angle, the possibilities can be endless!

FastCoDesign did a great article about the concept, how it was developed, and ideas for applications.

Can you think of any applications for this type of technology? We’d love to hear your ideas. Leave a comment below, or share this post on social media.