It's neat to feel the heat : How can we hold hands at a distance?


Gooch, D. and Watts, L., 2012. It's neat to feel the heat : How can we hold hands at a distance? In: CHI'12: The 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2012-05-05 - 2012-05-10, Austin, Texas.

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There is a growing body of work in HCI on the design of communication technologies to help support long distance relationships. We build upon this work by presenting three different prototypes based on hand holding. This distinguishes itself by basing distance communication metaphors on elements of co-located hand-holding actions. We then present an evaluation of the prototypes based on a three-phase interview process with 12 participants. We conclude by discussing the combined evocative power of unique physical metaphors and memories in fostering romantic connections at a distance.


Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)
CreatorsGooch, D.and Watts, L.
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DepartmentsFaculty of Science > Computer Science
ID Code32516


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