Interactive jewellery: a design exploration

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    Many current wearables have a technology-driven background: the focus is primarily on functionality, while their possible personal and social-cultural value is underappreciated. We think that developing wearables from a jewellery perspective can compensate for this. The personal and social cultural values embodied by traditional jewellery are often tightly connected to their function as memento. In this paper we reflect from a jewellery perspective, a memory-studies perspective and a TEI-perspective on three design proposals for interactive jewellery. We identify 1) drawing inspiration from interaction with traditional jewellery, 2) using relatively simple technology with high experiential qualities, 3) abstract and poetic data representation and 4) storing data uniquely on the digital jewel as possible design directions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTEI 2016 - Proceedings of the 10th Anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction, 14-17 February 2016, Einhdhoven, The Netherlands
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450335829
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2016
    Event10th Anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2016) - Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands
    Duration: 14 Feb 201617 Feb 2016
    Conference number: 10


    Conference10th Anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2016)
    Abbreviated titleTEI 2016
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    • Autobiographical memory
    • Interactive jewellery
    • Memento
    • Tangible interaction


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