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"How can I touch you?" : Reducing intrusiveness in mediated touch

Doorn, M.G. van (2022) "How can I touch you?" : Reducing intrusiveness in mediated touch.

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Abstract:Mediated social touch can be used to bridge the gap of physical touch between two persons. By each touching a tactile device two persons are able to send touches to each other without being in the same room. However, receiving a mediated touch might not always be convenient for the recipient. If the recipient is occupied with another task, receiving a mediated touch could become intrusive. A design process was set up to create a wearable prototype that was used to investigate how to reduce the possibility of intrusiveness within mediated touch. Three possible solutions and a baseline were integrated: a status mode, a snooze mode and a voicemail mode. During the user test, five pairs of participants tested each mode and answered a series of questions regarding their perceived intrusiveness. There is no statistical difference for the perceived intrusiveness between the modes. It was proposed that the perceived intrusiveness of a mediated touch might not be only caused by receiving a mediated touch but it might also be a result of a need to react to the received touch. With this research, it is proposed that a mediated touch is not always welcome. Therefore, it is important to take into account alternative design considerations that tackle these moments.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:01 general works, 70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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