Encounters on a Shape-changing Bench: Exploring atmospheres and social behaviour in situ

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In this paper we introduce coMotion, a shape-changing bench. We explore how physical changes of the bench can shape social situations and how contextual atmospheres may affect users' experience of the shape-changing bench and its surroundings. The bench was tested in three different contexts; a concert hall, an airport and a shopping mall. We gathered insights from more than 120 people, as they unexpectedly encountered the shape changing capabilities of the bench. By taking the user tests out of the lab and into the wild, we explored the influence of context on the users experience of a shape-changing interface, as well as on the experienced atmospheres.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, TEI '14
Editors Andreas Butz, Saul Greenberg
Number of pages8
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2014
ISBN (print) 978-1-4503-2635-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction - Munich, Germany
Duration: 16 Feb 201419 Feb 2014


ConferenceInternational Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction

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