Feeling distance: An investigation of mediated social touch prototypes

Timothy Pallarino, Aaron Free, Katrina Mutuc, Svetlana Yarosh

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Abstract

Physical distance presents a challenge for building and maintaining relationships. With recent work showing the effectiveness of both visual and haptic feedback in supporting interpersonal touch over a distance, such technologies look to bridge this gap and improve existing communication technologies. In this project, we explore the potential role of shape-shifting displays for doing so. We present two prototypes, one using linear slide potentiometers and the other using linear actuators, that incorporate these forms of feedback to facilitate mediated social touch. We present the benefits and drawbacks of each system, and conclude that, for a system focused on collaboration and synchronous communication, linear actuators may be better suited due to their load capacity and precision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing Companion, CSCW 2016 Companion
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages361-364
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450339506
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 27 2016
Event19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2016 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Feb 26 2016Mar 2 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW
Volume26-February-2016

Other

Other19th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2016
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period2/26/163/2/16

Keywords

  • HP sprout
  • Mediated social touch
  • Remote communication
  • Shape-shifting displays

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