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Animate Mobiles: Proxemically Reactive Posture Actuation as a Means of Relational Interaction with Mobile Phones

Gesche Joost; Anne Wohlauf; Matthias Löwe; Fabian Hemmert
In: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction. International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI-13), February 10-13, Barcelona, Spain, ISBN 978-1-4503-1898-3, ACM, New York, NY, 2013.


In this paper, we explore body language in mobile phones as a means of relational interaction. We describe a prototype that allows the simulation of proxemic reactions to the nearing hand of a user, ranging from affection to aversion, based on nearness-based input and shape change-based output. A user study is reported, which indicates that users were able to interpret the prototype's behavior drawing on animal parallels. It is concluded that proxemically reactive actuation may be a viable means of actively integrating the relationship between the user and the device into the interaction