University of Twente Student Theses


Breathe with me : Designing and Evaluating Wearable Visual and Vibrotactile Displays for Colocated Breathing Synchronization

Palande, Shalvi (2022) Breathe with me : Designing and Evaluating Wearable Visual and Vibrotactile Displays for Colocated Breathing Synchronization.

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Abstract:The aim of this work is to enhance the social interactions between humans, through the use of mindfulness on one's own breathing as well as that of the interacting partner. The research questions answered through this thesis are the first steps into understanding how showcasing one's physiological signals through different modalities can affect the social interactions in a colocated setting. RQ1 : What is the effect of visual and vibrotactile modalities in facilitating breath synchronisation in a colocated social interaction in a dyad? This includes designing a wearable device and evaluating it's use with the help of various pairs of participants. RQ2 : How to design wearable on-body visual and vibro-tactile displays that can accurately represent human breathing for facilitating breathing synchronisation? The thesis is divided into six chapters to answer the research questions. The motivation behind creating wearable for a colocated setting by underlying the current state of communication and the effects of the same on humans is discussed in Chapter Background. This chapter also discusses the importance of breath sharing, intent, and the senses of sight and touch. Chapter Related Work focuses on the current state of the art devices that deal with using various physiological signals for social interaction. The research questions and the sub-questions provide the basis for the rest of the report. Chapter Method has been broadened to include the design considerations used to develop the wearable device that consists of hardware and software components of the wearable prototype. Chapter Study elaborates on the study conducted with participants and the tasks created to test out the wearable device in a lab setup. Analysis is more scientific as it discusses the analysis of the collected data in terms of breathing synchronization for the visual and vibrotactile modalities, along with the discussion on the use of such a device. Chapter Conclusions concludes the report with recommendations and the future scope of the wearable device.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
CWI, Amsterdam, Netherlands
TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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