This paper introduces a device that creates remote intimacy by the use of two rings named “united-pulse”. Each ring can measure the wearer’s heartbeat and send it to the partner’s ring. Hereby, artificial corporeality is created between the couple. By means of a working prototype, united-pulse has been successfully tested. Among the 28 participants the prototype has attracted large interest. Through the heartbeat – the essential vital sign – a feeling of being very close to the partner is provided. Touching the ring allows a small moment of intimacy in situations where emotional support is needed.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of MobileHCI 2008|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
- remote intimacy
- user experience
- body data
- digital Jewelry