Touching Virtual Agents: Embodiment and Mind

  • Gijs Huisman
  • Merijn Bruijnes
  • Jan Kolkmeier
  • Merel Jung
  • Aduén Darriba Frederiks
  • Yves Rybarczyk
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-55143-7_5

Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 425)
Cite this paper as:
Huisman G., Bruijnes M., Kolkmeier J., Jung M., Darriba Frederiks A., Rybarczyk Y. (2014) Touching Virtual Agents: Embodiment and Mind. In: Rybarczyk Y., Cardoso T., Rosas J., Camarinha-Matos L.M. (eds) Innovative and Creative Developments in Multimodal Interaction Systems. eNTERFACE 2013. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, vol 425. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

In this paper we outline the design and development of an embodied conversational agent setup that incorporates an augmented reality screen and tactile sleeve. With this setup the agent can visually and physically touch the user. We provide a literature overview of embodied conversational agents, as well as haptic technologies, and argue for the importance of adding touch to an embodied conversational agent. Finally, we provide guidelines for studies involving the touching virtual agent (TVA) setup.

Keywords

Embodied conversational agent Touching virtual agent Simulated social touch Haptic feedback Augmented reality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gijs Huisman
    • 1
  • Merijn Bruijnes
    • 1
  • Jan Kolkmeier
    • 1
  • Merel Jung
    • 1
  • Aduén Darriba Frederiks
    • 2
  • Yves Rybarczyk
    • 3
  1. 1.Human Media Interaction GroupUniversity of TwenteNetherlands
  2. 2.Digital Life CentreAmsterdam University of Applied SciencesNetherlands
  3. 3.New University of LisbonPortugal

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