Human-Computer Interaction

INTERACT 2015: Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015 pp 72-78 | Cite as

Physical Playlist: Bringing Back the Mix-Tape

  • Daniel Burnett
  • Adrian Gradinar
  • Joel Porter
  • Mike Stead
  • Paul Coulton
  • Ian Forrester
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9299)

Abstract

To those of a certain age the concept of the mix-tape holds fond memories, and generally not of the musical content they contained, but rather the emotional and physical connection they represented with either its creator or recipient. They provided an embodiment of the time and effort it its creation and thus presented the same qualities of other handmade gifts. The advent of digital content, and particularly the mp3, for storage and streaming meant that audio content could be shared more quickly and easily than ever before. However, the creation of a digital playlist does not embody the same qualities present in a mix-tape and thus has not gained the same cultural significance. This research re-imagines the mix-tape for digital content as physical customizable jewellery that can once again embody values not generally attributed to digital content. Through a discussion of the design process and the results of preliminary evaluation, the potential benefits on the user experience of sharing digital content through physical objects have been highlighted.

Keywords

Tangible Embodied NFC Customizable Jewellery 

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© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Burnett
    • 1
  • Adrian Gradinar
    • 1
  • Joel Porter
    • 1
  • Mike Stead
    • 1
  • Paul Coulton
    • 1
  • Ian Forrester
    • 2
  1. 1.ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  2. 2.Dock House, MediaCitySalfordUK

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