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Light Perfume: Designing a Wearable Lighting and Olfactory Accessory for Empathic Interactions

  • Yongsoon Choi
  • Rahul Parsani
  • Xavier Roman
  • Anshul Vikram Pandey
  • Adrian David Cheok
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7624)

Abstract

In this paper we present Light Perfume, a wearable system that helps the users and their communication partner to mirror their nonverbal communication cues together using factors such as speed of blinking and color in lights and subtle perfume emission from a wearable accessory during a face-to-face conversation. This is based on the concept of mirroring, whereby each user is stimulated with the same visual and olfactory outputs to strengthen a user’s psychological bond with the partner using the accessory. We initially explain the motivation and design of the prototype for the Light Perfume system. We evaluate the system using a semantic differential method and show how the system can be used to affect the impression formed of the user by others and explore the potential usage of the entertainment accessory.

Keywords

Empathy mirroring wearable media lights perfume light perfume synchronization communication 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yongsoon Choi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rahul Parsani
    • 2
  • Xavier Roman
    • 2
  • Anshul Vikram Pandey
    • 2
  • Adrian David Cheok
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Media DesignKeio UniversityJapan
  2. 2.Keio-NUS CUTE Center, Interactive Digital Media InstituteNational University of SingaporeSingapore

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