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Interdisciplinary Insights for Digital Touch Communication

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  • Brings a socially orientated interdisciplinary lens to the investigation of the contemporary landscape of digital touch communication
  • Provides a contemporary and holistic view of digitally mediated touch technologies across the technological divides of domains including robotics, virtual reality, wearables, bio-sensing, mid-air haptics
  • Foregrounds the social implications, consequences and impacts of digital touch to support the design of socially aware digital touch communication

Part of the book series: Human–Computer Interaction Series (HCIS)

Part of the book sub series: SpringerBriefs in Human-Computer Interaction (BRIEFSHUMAN)

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Communication is increasingly moving beyond ‘ways of seeing’ to ‘ways of feeling’. This Open Access book provides social design insights and implications for HCI research and design exploring digitally mediated touch communication.  It offers a socially orientated map to help navigate the complex social landscape of digitally mediated touch for communication: from everyday touch-screens, tangibles, wearables, haptics for virtual reality, to the tactile internet of skin.   

Drawing on literature reviews, new case-study vignettes, and exemplars of digital touch, the book examines the major social debates provoked by digital touch, and investigates social themes central to the communicative potential and societal consequences of digital touch:

·        Communication environments, capacities and practices

·        Norms associations and expectations

·        Presence, absence and connection

·        Social imaginaries of digital touch

·        Digital touch ethics and values

The book concludes with a discussion of the significance of social understanding and methods in the context of Interdisciplinary collaborations to explore touch, towards the design of digital touch communication, ‘ways of feeling’, that are useable, appropriate, ethical and socially aware.

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • UCL Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University College London, London, UK

    Carey Jewitt, Sara Price, Kerstin Leder Mackley, Nikoleta Yiannoutsou, Douglas Atkinson

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Interdisciplinary Insights for Digital Touch Communication

  • Authors: Carey Jewitt, Sara Price, Kerstin Leder Mackley, Nikoleta Yiannoutsou, Douglas Atkinson

  • Series Title: Human–Computer Interaction Series

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Computer Science, Computer Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-24566-5Published: 22 January 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-24564-1Published: 03 December 2019

  • Series ISSN: 1571-5035

  • Series E-ISSN: 2524-4477

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 131

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 23 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: User Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction, Science and Technology Studies

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