Collection of everyday reconfigurable objects

This webpage presents an up-to-date collection of everyday reconfigurable objects, gathered between December 8, 2015 and January 08, 2018 .

  1. Use the collection under the terms of the CC-By Attribution 4.0 International License.
  2. Cite the collection with "Hyunyoung Kim, Celine Coutrix, and Anne Roudaut. 2018. Collection of everyday reconfigurable objects. http://phyflex.imag.fr/EverydayObjects.html"
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Note 1: The original collection was published as supplementary material of a ACM CHI 2018 paper. To cite the original collection, please cite the paper.

Note 2: Missing numbers are envisionned (non-existing) objects that were left out of this collection, focusing on existing everyday objects.

Object #1: Modular sofa

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Each seat (sitting cushion) can be detached and put on a floor as a chair and footstool.

Credits: Rattan Garden Furniture from Moda Furnishings,

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjZjFI0lTS8,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #2: Height adjustable table

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: The table legs can be extended, so that the table fit the user's height

Credits: StrongProject Team,

Source: https://vimeo.com/89141777,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #3: Fridge

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Adapt the space between shelves to accommodate different foods

Credits: A study participant,

Object #4: Bag

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: The fabric deforms to adapt to the things carried inside

Credits: Alicia Rosello Gene,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/malisia/2712832473,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #5: Luggage

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Enlarge volume to carry more object

Source: http://www.ifitshipitshere.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/fugu-luggage-hero-IIHIH1.jpg

(image not included due to copyright issue)

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #11: Tripod

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: A tripod which has legs consisting of rollable balls (similarly to object #15)

Credits: Evan-Amos,

Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/56/Gorillapod-with-camera.jpg,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #12: Canopy on a pool sunbed

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: The angle of canopy is adjusted to block sunlight

Credits: Max Pixel,

Source: http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Tuscany-Cottages-vacation-Rentals-Pool-Sunbeds-1456082,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #13: Openable lamp

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Change shape of lamp shadows to change light quality (see in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldu4oy9MyQ8)

Credits: Inhabitat,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/inhabitat/13389277485,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #14: Canopy on a window

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: The canopy on the window is rolled out and fixed using sticks to block the sunshine. It is rolled in to protect from wind and rain.

Credits: Lilsarahp,

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awning#/media/File:Ivoryawningl.jpg,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #15: Bendable lamp

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Change orientation to enlight desired space

Credits: A study participant,

Object #16: Tent ventilation

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Open/close the top of tent to change porosity to cool when it is hot or to give light in tent or to make opaque when sleep

Credits: Michael McCullough,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ex_magician/5820949283,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #17: Ventilation window

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Slide one layer to change porosity for ventilation or light, as in Gaudi's design of wooden window

Source: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5Yk2KxySjp8/UauqULjrtnI/AAAAAAAAD7o/6SX_GZ5njfo/s1600/IMG_4409.JPG

(image not included due to copyright issue)

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #18: Window blinds

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Extend or shrink and orient to change light quality

Credits: Tomwsulcer,

Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/79/Pattern_of_light_on_wall_by_sun_through_blinds_plus_window.JPG,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #21: String puppet

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Move strings to animate the puppet

Credits: SoHome Jacaranda Lilau,

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Marionnette.jpg,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #22: Bendable radio antenna

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Rotate antena in 2D to capture signal

Credits: SparkFun Electronics,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sparkfun/29013021194/,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #23: Telescopic radio antenna

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Shrink/extend antenna to capture signal

Credits: SparkFun Electronics,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sparkfun/29013021194/,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #24: Rollable keyboard

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Roll to carry and unroll to type

Source: http://www.armadasilicone.com/uploadfile/product/big/Silicone-Keyboards-287.jpg

(image not included due to copyright issue)

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #25: Box toothbrush

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Combine brush and handle inward to carry; Combine outward to brush teeth

Credits: ,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/comb-tooth-brush-soap-towel-263767/,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #26: Foldable Comb

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to carry and unfold to brush hair

Credits: the authors,

Object #27: Foldable display

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to fit in a bag or pocket and unfold to see information

Credits: Lordsaibaba,

Source: https://youtu.be/bQXppSvtvtw,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #28: Folding fan

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to carry or store and unfold to make wind

Credits: minshee93,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/fan-plum-bamboo-and-blooming-1571569/,

Last retrieved 23-Mar-17

Object #29: Foldable keyboard

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to carry or store and unfold to type

Credits: Robert Whyte,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/robert-whyte/8386456509,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #35: Lunch box

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: A lunch box consists of several containers for rice and side dishes. Combine to carry and uncombine and open to eat.

Credits: ,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/lunch-box-lunch-camping-1141196/,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #36: Blender

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: The blade or container can be changed according to the purpose (mix; cut; different ingredient; etc.)

Credits: Paul Goyette,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pgoyette/101146396/,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #37: Foldable ladder

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Unfold to climb and fold to store

Credits: INCOSV,

Source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c2/Inco_Ladder.jpg,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #38: Carabiner

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Open/close to connect/disconnect different objects fast

Credits: Polyparadigm,

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cheap_carabiners.JPG,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #44: Map

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to focus on one area and/or to make it small (to carry or store), unfold to view whole area

Credits: Nikolaj,

Source: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/File:USE-IT_Copenhagen_paper_map.jpg,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #48: Shirts with rollable sleeves

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Roll up to work (and prevent damaging) or for style; and roll down to keep warm or for style

Credits: May Lee,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/maylee213/7207228692/,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #49: Detachable bra straps

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: The straps can be detached when users want to wear shoulderless tops and attached for better comfort

Credits: the authors,

Object #51: Selfie stick

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Extend to take selfies and shrink to carry

Credits: ,

Source: http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Selfie-Romantic-Couple-Photography-Dragooste-1363974,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #52: Sword+Cane

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Combine to hide the sword in the cane, uncombine to fight

Credits: Minnesota Historical Society,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/7409083@N03/5053825845,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #53: Bags straps

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Adjust strap length to fit user

Credits: CollegeDegrees360,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/83633410@N07/7658317110/in/photostream/,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #54: Adjustable bra straps

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Adjust strap length to fit user

Credits: David Schexnaydre,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dschex/3264401289,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #55: Necklace; Belt; Watch; Bracelet

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Adjust length to fit user

Credits: Robert Sheie,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/85546319@N04/9114797415,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #56: Children sleeping bag

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Zip/unzip to shrink/extend and adjust to user's height

Credits: the authors,

Object #57: Bike saddle

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Extend/shrink to adapt to the height of rider

Credits: ,

Source: http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Saddle-Mountain-Bike-Bike-661787,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #58: Height adjustable chair

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Adjust height to adapt to user

Credits: Kare_Products,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ergonomic_office/3604453020,

Last retrieved 20-Mar-17

Object #62: Vaccum cleaners tube

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: When cleaning the floor, extend the length to fit the cleaning person. Shrink to store.

Credits: ,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/vacuum-cleaner-suck-carpet-clean-1605068/,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #63: Pool sunbed

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Unfold to sit, fold to store. Adapt orientation of backrest.

Credits: ,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/holiday-summer-sun-sun-loungers-2109648/,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #67: Tent poles

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Combine to make poles longer and support a tent

Credits: chaoticandrandom,

Source: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-repair-tent-pole-elastic-cord-Re-thread-/,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #68: Umbrella

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to carry or store and unfold not to get wet from the rain

Credits: congerdesign,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/umbrella-sky-screen-colorful-fly-846185/,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #71: Tablet + Keyboard

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: The tablet can be attached to the keyboard so that the tablet can be vertically fixed and have input from the keyboard. It is detached when the keyboard is not useful.

Credits: Dinominant,

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Asus_Transformer_Pad_TF701T_Tablet_and_Keyboard_Dock.png,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #73: Pasta maker

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: By attaching different heads, users can make different types of pasta

Credits: Magic Madzik,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cefeida/4175435434/,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #74: Vacuum cleaners head

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: The suction head can be changed to adapt to the area to be cleaned (carpet, baseboard, wooden floor, etc.)

Credits: Markus Schweiss,

Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Staubsauger_Zubehoer.jpg,

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #75: Modular chair

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: The seat part can be changed depending on the user needs (with a back; with neck back; with armrest; etc.)

Source: http://www.gilmat.fr/images/f_secretariat/siege-secretariat-gana.jpg

(image not included due to copyright issue)

Last retrieved 17-Mar-17

Object #84: Steam/Water/Ice

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Change state to swim or drink, make ice rink or cool, cook faster

Credits: 256417, Mr. Johnson - The Ruiner, Myerge,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/kitchen-cook-pots-cooking-pot-345707/,
https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269776@N07/6125275073,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bra_ov_Olympic_Ice_Rink#/media/File:Bra_ov_Olympic_Ice_Rink.jpg,

Last retrieved 20-Mar-17

Object #87: Rubiks cube

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Rotate to play

Credits: William Warby,

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rubiks_Cube_(11913436786).jpg,

Last retrieved 20-Mar-17

Object #88: Lego

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Combine to play

Credits: ,

Source: http://maxpixel.freegreatpicture.com/Lego-Blocks-Play-Lego-Building-Blocks-Toys-1696427,

Last retrieved 20-Mar-17

Object #89: Trombone

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Extend/shrink to play

Credits: BeaLeiderman,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/cantorbea/6911931428,

Last retrieved 20-Mar-17

Object #90: Rubiks magic puzzle

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Change shape to play (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubik%27s_Magic)

Credits: Husky,

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rubiksmagic.jpg,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rubiksmagic_solved.jpg,

Last retrieved 20-Mar-17

Object #91: Long balloon

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Deform a long balloon to play

Credits: GregMcMahan,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/balloon-sculpture-flower-fun-child-1051720/,
https://pixabay.com/en/balloon-sculpture-dog-fun-child-1051718/,

Last retrieved 20-Mar-17

Object #92: Balloon

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Inflate a balloon to play

Credits: ThaneKeller, Complete fanatic,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/balloons-crafts-celebration-party-960892/,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:InflatableBalloons.jpg,

Last retrieved 20-Mar-17

Object #95: Game board set

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: A set of wooden game boards and a box to contain tokens and pieces. Uncombine to play a board game such as chess. Combine to stack several board and the box to store them.

Source: https://sc01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1MugKHXXXXXcHXpXXq6xXFXXXL/79894/HTB1MugKHXXXXXcHXpXXq6xXFXXXL.jpg

(image not included due to copyright issue)

Last retrieved 20-Mar-17

Object #98: Airbag

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Inflate to protect the driver in case of an accident. Desinflate to store.

Credits: Pineapple fez,

Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbag#/media/File:Suzuki_alto_body2_-_AIMS.JPG,

Last retrieved 20-Mar-17

Object #99: Surface adjustable table

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Unfold to put more things on the table, fold to save space

Credits: Gleb Dolgich,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/glebd/8439589566,

Last retrieved 20-Mar-17

Object #101: Bike parts

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Each part of a bike can be replaced (wheels; pedals; chain; basket; saddle; etc.)

Source: https://i1.wp.com/www.radiusbike.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/bicycle_assembly.png

(image not included due to copyright issue)

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #104: Flippable pool table

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Flip table to change from pool playing to dinning

Source: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/88/63/90/8863904c59339d17f93c90ee6306de11.jpg

(image not included due to copyright issue)

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #105: Kitchen utensils

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Combining different head enables different utensils (fork/knife/spoon, potato peeler/knife, etc.)

Source: https://www.geekalerts.com/u/chewdriver-fork-knife-spoon.jpg

(image not included due to copyright issue)

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #106: Ninja sword

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: The eight piece weapons accessory package includes two throwing stars hidden in the hand guard, two stabbing or cutting knives tucked into the scabbard near the hand guard, and when you pull the end off the scabbard it reveals a blunt battle tool that works like a flat kubotan, and a flat pointed knife for stabbing

Source: https://www.karatemart.com/images/products/large/ultimate-ninja-warrior-sword.jpg

(image not included due to copyright issue)

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #108: tea pot + Cup

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Combine to store, uncombine to make and drink tea

Credits: Counselling,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/teapot-winter-cup-tea-pink-574027/,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #109: Foldable pool table

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Unfold to play pool and fold to store

Source: http://www.mercuryleisure.co.uk/images/folding_pool.gif

(image not included due to copyright issue)

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #110: Sofa bed

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to watch TV and unfold to sleep

Credits: Modern Miami Furniture,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/117019363@N07/13716970943,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #115: Telescope

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Extend/shrink to see farther/closer

Credits: Ryan Wick,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanwick/3461850112,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #117: Foldable chair

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: The chair can be folded to be stored

Credits: sailko,

Source: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Ngv_design,_giancarlo_piretti,_plia_folding_chair,_1969_01.JPG,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #119: Storage chair

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Uncombine the seat part to store things inside the box and combine the seat part to sit on it.

Credits: A study participant,

Object #120: Foldable bike

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to store or to carry with strap and unfold to ride

Credits: Dahon North America Inc.,

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dahon_Jifo_16_Folding_Bike.jpg,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #121: Drying rack

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to carry or store and unfold to get more drying surface

Credits: bykst,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/laundry-dry-clothes-drying-rack-706621/,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #122: Folding shopping cart

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to store and unfold to fill with and carry groceries

Credits: violetta,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/shopping-cart-trolley-purchasing-169267/,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #123: Foldable tent

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to carry and unfold to sleep

Credits: Topbossagent4534,

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Topboss_Plastic_2343423_20131123154711_71466.jpg,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #127: Stair drawers

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Slide out (pull) to put/get objects in the drawer and slide in (push) to put drawer back

Credits: Yasuo Kida,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kidayasuo/6610111965/,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #129: Blanket

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to carry or store and unfold to cover

Credits: Your Best Digs,

Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/143676616@N05/31819409222,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #130: Book

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to carry or store and unfold to read

Credits: Unsplash,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/book-bible-scripture-open-book-1210030/,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #131: File

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to carry or store document and unfold to retrieve and read documents

Credits: Jin Zan,

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yellow_folder.JPG,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #132: Kickboard scooter

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to carry or store and unfold to ride

Source: http://www.xootr.com/graphics/scooters/accessories/foldedXootrWithStrap.jpg

(image not included due to copyright issue)

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #133: Kayak rudder

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Change orientation to adjust stability and turn angle

Source: http://www.fyneboatkits.co.uk/photos/products/smart-track-kayak-rudder/smart-track-kayak-rudder-pin-mount-1.jpg

(image not included due to copyright issue)

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #135: Flute

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Extend or shrink to tune the sound

Credits: jeongsunyun,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/flute-music-instrument-played-wind-893911/,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #136: Accordion part in a tram

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: The accordion part can be folded and the opposite part can be unfolded when a tram makes a turn

Credits: Hunyadym ,

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tram#/media/File:Combino_Supra_2036_in_Budapest.JPG,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #144: Iron table

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Unfold its legs to iron and fold them to store and carry

Credits: Frank C. Mčller,

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Buegelbrett_fcm.jpg,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #145: Swiss army knife

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Unfold to use different tools: knife, wine opener, saw, etc.

Credits: Jonas Bergsten,

Source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Swiss_army_knife_open_20050612_(cropped).jpg,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #147: Foldable toothbrush

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Fold to travel and unfold to brush teeth

Source: https://www.containerstore.com/catalogimages/180657/10054683FoldingToothbrushWmicroban_x.jpg

(image not included due to copyright issue)

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #148: Telescopic ladder

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Slide out to make it longer

Credits: markus53,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/ladder-fire-extendable-ladder-354620/,

Last retrieved 22-Mar-17

Object #149: Sand; Play-doh; Clay

Reconfiguration and/or Purpose: Deform to play or make shape for any purpose

Credits: Ben_Kerckx, elkimmelito, Unsplash,

Source: https://pixabay.com/en/children-sand-castle-boy-girl-902195/,
https://pixabay.com/en/children-play-dough-play-2002917/,
https://pixabay.com/en/clay-hands-sculpting-art-690404/,

Last retrieved 20-Mar-17