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Touchme!, diffractme!
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. Interactive Institute Swedish ICT.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4566-2246
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture. Interactive Institute Swedish ICT.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8733-2272
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
Eindhoven University of Technology.
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2014 (English)In: Proceedings of Design Research Society Conference. "Design's Big Debates", 2014Conference paper, Poster (Refereed) [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

In this poster we present an engaging, interactive lighting installation entitled DiffractMe!. The design process for DiffractMe! was based on skill-based techniques, aiming to extract subtle yet profound experiential qualities from everyday perceptual motor-skills, in order to design and build engaging interactions. The installation consists of a frame and two interaction columns. The frame houses moveable transparent prisms, Rendering a complex and colourful light projection. Each interaction column features a transparent surface that visitors can manipulate, using their hands. These movements influence the movement of the prisms, and provide a type of force-feedback to the other interaction surface. This allows us to explore the qualities of engagement in this design on three levels: Firstly, visitors engage with the installation themselves, through a subtle, haptic interaction that allows them to play with light diffraction. Secondly, visitors at one installation engage with each other, in a subtle, haptic dialogue that makes them aware of, and involved in, each other’s movements. Thirdly, the dynamic and colourful light projection has a profound effect on the space surrounding the installation, enticing and engaging passers-by to become involved. 

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design, design research, skills, DiS, embodiment
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Design Human Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-117896OAI: diva2:909155
Design Research Society Conference. DRS2014
Available from: 2016-03-04 Created: 2016-03-04 Last updated: 2016-03-07Bibliographically approved

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