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Thursday, August 25 • 11:45 - 13:45
Adaptive Interactions in the Internet of Touch

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A wealth of interconnected devices is penetrating our daily lives at an increasing rate. While many of these devices communicate with us through visual and auditory information, a new wave of second skin connected devices, like smart watches, unlocks a new interaction paradigm: touch.

Our sense of touch is a complex sense capable of detailed information processing, for example, the various vibration notifications received through wearables. However, touch can also be a rich source of affect, and emotional experiences. Some of the most emotion-laden experiences in our lives involve touch: the soothing feeling of a warm bath, the desirable feel of an exquisite dress, a relaxing massage, or a hug from a loved one.

Tapping into the affective aspects of our sense of touch could provide a whole new way for interacting with technology. Exactly how this should be achieved is still an open question. The social nature of touch offers one possibility: can we somehow emulate the intense feeling of a human touch through technology? And if so, how should such a touch feel, and how should it make us feel?

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Aduen Darriba

Interactive Media Artist / Researcher
Aduen Darriba is an interactive media artist and researcher in wearable technology. His research is focussed on body-worn haptic interfaces combined with touch sensitive garments. As an artist, his work is a mixture of performance and interactive installations. Known works are... Read More →
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Gijs Huisman

PhD candidate, Human Media Interaction / University of Twente
Gijs Huisman is a PhD candidate at the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente. In his work he focusses on the use of haptic technology for social communication. He will share his insights from research on how touch perception works and how touch can be mediated... Read More →
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Iskander Smit

Innovation Director Labs, Info.nl
Iskander Smit is working at agency Info.nl in Amsterdam, that designs and develops digital services. Iskander is responsible for research and development and leading labs.info.nl. This R&D department dedicated to new developments, and emerging connected technologies. Labs conducts research and experiments on the internet that enters our daily life and how we interact beyond the screen. Among others, Labs is partner in a research project together with the U... Read More →

Thursday August 25, 2016 11:45 - 13:45 CEST
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