Interpersonal connection through touch

Touch Connection, consists of two digitally embroidered textiles, enhanced with sensor technologies, and wirelessly networked. Designed to operate as a paired system, they shared and communicated touch signals, connecting people with others with visual or haptic feedback enabling participants to sense vibro-tactile sensations and observe coloured light patterns. During exhibition of the piece at the DataAche exhibition in Plymouth 2017 we asked people for their feedback and they responded to the ideas raised with these comments:

“I enjoyed the idea of the two surfaces being connected”. 

“The way the work was exhibited brought together visitors.  A novel experiment in digital fabric/connectivity”.

In evaluating people’s encounters with the surfaces, I wanted to move beyond use-case scenarios to question the presence interactive, touch surfaces might have in our daily lives to generate emotional expressions, improvised action and meaningful interactions.

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