United-pulse: feeling your partner's pulse

J. Werner, R. Wettach, E. Hornecker

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of MobileHCI 2008
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • human-machine-interaction
  • remote intimacy
  • design
  • user experience
  • body data
  • digital Jewelry

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