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Interactive vibrotactile toys for the participatory sensorimotor coupling between autistic and neurotypical individuals

Bishas, S.A. (2023) Interactive vibrotactile toys for the participatory sensorimotor coupling between autistic and neurotypical individuals.

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Abstract:This thesis adapts the Diversity Computing philosophy: to create technology which empowers people's differences and challenges by respecting their natural instincts and not subjecting them to forceful change. Firstly, the problem statement regarding the double empathy problem which autistic individuals experience will be explained. As a means to address this problem, participatory and embodied sensemaking theories will be discussed. Furthermore, other theories within Diversity Computing will be researched, as well as related multisensory technology designed for autistic individuals. All of these will be processed into guidelines in order to be of applicability in this project. Additional literature research will be conducted on sensory modalities and touch. The emphasis of this thesis is on tactile sensory modality and the incorporation of vibrotactile stimulation into concepts and prototypes. By implementing the Research through Design method, and working together with a combined autistic and neurotypical audience, multiple concepts for exploratory purposes have been created in order to answer the question of how touch can facilitate a participatory sensorimotor experience. This project has three conceptual exploration phases, exploring three different prototypes by CoDesign sessions with the target audience. The first workshop session findings concluded the perception of vibrotactile stimulation and their need to be ambiguous. The second workshop gathered findings on how autistic children interact with a vibrotactile toolbox in which the concept was too complex for the children. And the last workshop where autistic children interacted with vibrotactile toys engaging in a collaborative touch experience. The separate workshops gather results for me to conclude that vibrotactile tangible objects can incorporate participatory sensorimotor couplings between autistic and neurotypicals via touch.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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