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Ripple thermostat: Affecting the emotional experience through interactive force feedback and shape change

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  • Anke Van Oosterhout, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
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  • Miguel Bruns Alonso, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
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  • Satu Jumisko-Pyykkö, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Vincit, Tampere University of Technology

Force feedback and shape change are modalities with a growing application potential beyond the more traditional GUIs. We present two studies that explored the effect of these modalities on the emotional experience when interacting with an intelligent thermostat. The first study compared visual feedback, force feedback, and a combination of force feedback and shape change. Results indicate that force feedback correlates to experienced dominance during interaction, while shape change mainly affects experienced arousal. The second study explored how force feedback and shape change could communicate affective meaning during interaction with the thermostat through a co-design study. Participants designed the thermostat behavior for three scenarios supporting energy savings. Results suggest that despite their abstractness, force feedback and shape change convey affective meaning during the user-system dialogue. The findings contribute to the design of intelligible and intuitive feedback.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems : Engage with CHI
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year20 Apr 2018
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356206, 9781450356213
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2018
Event2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018


Conference2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018

    Research areas

  • Actuated interfaces, Affective computing, Haptic force feedback, Shape-changing interfaces

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