Whispering bubbles : exploring anthropomorphism through shape-changing interfaces

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Abstract

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
Pages55-58
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print) 978-1-4503-4508-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Anthropomorphism
  • Shape changing
  • Kinetic design

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    Qiu, S., Anas, S. A. B., & Hu, J. (2016). Whispering bubbles : exploring anthropomorphism through shape-changing interfaces. In HAI '16 : Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Human Agent Interaction, 24-27 October 2016, Biopolis, Singapore (pp. 55-58). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2974804.2980481