Cross-Cultural Study of Tactile Interactions in Technologically Mediated Communication
In order to design tactile devices for technologically mediated communication, we investigated what tactile and gestural interactions would be spontaneously used for sharing emotions in mediated communication. In an experiment with 40 participants, we identified relations between hand gestures performed with a concept device and emotions that a “sender” intends to convey to a “receiver”. Among others, our results show that squeezing and shaking are the most popular chosen hand gesture interaction. Gesture intensity and speed follow the arousal (intensity) and temperature follows the valence (pleasure). Emotions that subjects are most are willing to share with such a tactile are gratitude, love, happy, sad, astonished, excited, angry and worried.
KeywordsTactile interactions Emotion Communication Culture Design
This study was supported by a Grant-in-Aid to Tenure-track Researchers from the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
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