Touching a stranger: Designing for engaging experience in embodied interaction

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Touching a stranger: Designing for engaging experience in embodied interaction
Author(s) Hobye, Mads ; Löwgren, Jonas
Date 2011
English abstract
We present Mediated Body, an exploration into designing for engaging experience in embodied interaction. Mediated Body entails a Suit worn by a Performer engaging in social play with a Participant. The Performer and the Participant each wear a pair of headphones, and when they touch each other’s bare skin, they both hear a complex sound pattern. Our approach, which we call research-through-explorative-design, is a combination of experimental design in the lab and explorative design in the field, where qualitative assessments are used to elicit transferable knowledge contributions. This paper represents a case study of this somewhat innovative research approach in action. On the topical level, our results include three artifact-level elements that contribute to engaging experience: connecting touch and audio with the right balance between direct and emergent responsivity, justifying bare-skin touch between strangers, and providing open-ended action props with non-trivial internal complexity. Moreover, we suggest three experiential qualities as analytical tools pertaining to engaging experience in embodied interaction: the duality of performative immersion, the "magic circle" of transformative social play, and the explorative nature of emergent meaning-making.
Link http://www.ijdesign.org/ojs/index.php/IJDesign/article/view/976/364 (external link to publication)
Publisher Chinese Institute of Design
Host/Issue International Journal of Design;3
Volume 5
ISSN 1991-3761
Pages 31-48
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) embodied interaction
engaging experience
research through explorative design
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13019 (link to this page)

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