A stroking device for spatially separated couples

E. Eichhorn, R. Wettach, E. Hornecker

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Abstract

In this paper we present a device to support the communication of couples in long-distance relationships. While a synchronous exchange of factual information over distance is supported by telephone, e-mail and chat-systems, the transmission of nonverbal aspects of communication is still unsatisfactory. Videocalls let us see the partners’ facial expression in real time. However, to experience a more intimate conversation physical closeness is needed. Stroking while holding hands is a special and emotional gesture for couples. Hence, we developed a device that enables couples to exchange the physical gesture of stroking regardless of distance and location. The device allows both sending and receiving. A user test supported our concept and provided new insights for future development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ACM MobileHCI 2008
Pages303-306
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-59593-952-4
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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Keywords

  • hci
  • human computer interaction
  • videocalls

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Eichhorn, E., Wettach, R., & Hornecker, E. (2008). A stroking device for spatially separated couples. In Proceedings of ACM MobileHCI 2008 (pp. 303-306)
Eichhorn, E. ; Wettach, R. ; Hornecker, E. / A stroking device for spatially separated couples. Proceedings of ACM MobileHCI 2008. 2008. pp. 303-306
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Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book

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Eichhorn E, Wettach R, Hornecker E. A stroking device for spatially separated couples. In Proceedings of ACM MobileHCI 2008. 2008. p. 303-306