Affective Diary - Designing for Bodily Expressiveness and Self-Reflection

Lindström, Madlene and Ståhl, Anna and Höök, Kristina and Sundström, Petra and Laaksolahti, Jarmo and Combetto, Marco and Taylor, Alex and Breslin, Roberto (2006) Affective Diary - Designing for Bodily Expressiveness and Self-Reflection. In: Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI conference Computer-Human Interaction (CHI2006), Session: Work-in-Progress, 22-27 April 2006, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

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A diary provides a useful means to express inner thoughts and record experiences of past events. In re-readings, it also provides a resource for reflection, allowing us to re-experience, brood over or even shed the thoughts and feelings we've associated with events or people. To expand on the ways in which we creatively engage in diary-keeping, we have designed an affective diary that captures some of the physical, bodily aspects of experiences and emotions--what we refer to as "affective body memorabilia". The affective diary assembles sensor data, captured from the user and uploaded via their mobile phone, to form an ambiguous, abstract colourful body shape. With a range of other materials from the mobile phone, such as text and MMS messages, photographs, etc., these shapes are made available to the user. Combining these materials, the diary is designed to invite reflection and to allow the user to piece together their own stories.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:affective interaction, emotional computing, interactive design, mobile applications, social factors
ID Code:410
Deposited By:Vicki Carleson
Deposited On:21 Nov 2006
Last Modified:18 Nov 2009 15:56

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