Whispering bubbles : exploring anthropomorphism through shape-changing interfaces

S. Qiu, S.A.B. Anas, J. Hu

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    In anthropomorphic design, there has been increasing interests in using kinetic motion and shape changing of the physical objects as a medium to communicate with people. In this paper, we introduce an interactive installation named Whispering Bubbles to explore anthropomorphism through shape-changing interfaces embedded in a physical space. It aims to provide a poetic place for people to whisper with the organically shaped objects (bubbles), to help people release mental stress in their modern lives. When a person approaches bubbles within a given distance, slight up-and-down movements of the bubbles will be activated by infrared sensors embedded in the space; when a person stands nearby a bubble and whispers to it, the bubble will “hear” with its sound detector and be triggered to bend towards the person, indicating engagement in listening. A scale model is implemented to explore and demonstrate interactions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHAI '16 : Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Human Agent Interaction, 24-27 October 2016, Biopolis, Singapore
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print) 978-1-4503-4508-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Anthropomorphism
    • Shape changing
    • Kinetic design


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