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Contact Expressions for Touching Technologies
Linköping University, The Institute of Technology. Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science, ASLAB - Application Systems Laboratory.
IT University of Gothenburg.
2003 (English)In: COSIGN 2003,2003, 2003, 68-78 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Traditionally, most interface work has emphasized visual features, and even when other senses such as speech, audio, and touch have been taken into account, these are often done to supplement (or compensate for) visual information. However, there is one area of physical contact that has received virtually no attention from the HCI community: the "contact expressions" used by people and animals in different contexts. As robotic toys and embodied technological devices become more commonplace, it is our belief that this aspect of "interface" will have great significance. It is clear that the future of computational interfaces will include devices that are both physically embodied and which will include physical contact and "contact expressions" as part of their "interface." Future generations of autonomous devices will not only "display" significant gestures -- they will express themselves through physical contact. This paper outlines an initial design taxonomy of basic contact expressions -- and describes a "contact cushion" we have built and tested to explore some of the potential for Contact User Interfaces (CUIs). The paper concludes with a discussion about some of the implications of this work for future interface development.

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2003. 68-78 p.
Keyword [en]
Intelligent Interfaces, Tactile Interfaces, Haptics, HCI
National Category
Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-24482Local ID: 6602OAI: diva2:244802
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07

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