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

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence