Section: New Results
Tangible and modular devices for supporting communication
Participants: Joan Sol Roo, Pierre-Antoine Cinquin, Martin Hachet
External collaborators: Ullo
Our physiological activity reflects our inner workings. However, we are not always aware of it in full detail. Physiological devices allow us to monitor and create adaptive systems and support introspection. Given that these devices have access to sensitive data, it is vital that users have a clear understanding of the internal mechanisms (extrospection), yet the underlying processes are hard to understand and control, resulting in a loss of agency. In this work, we focus on bringing the agency back to the user, by using design guidelines based on principles of honest communication and driven by positive activities. To this end, we conceived a tangible, modular approach for the construction of physiological interfaces (see Figure 5). We are exploring the potential of such an approach with a set of examples, supporting introspection, dialog, music creation, and play.