The aesthetics of heat: Guiding Awareness with Thermal Stimuli

Jonsson, Martin and Ståhl, Anna and Mercurio, Johanna and Naveen, Ramani and Höök, Kristina (2016) The aesthetics of heat: Guiding Awareness with Thermal Stimuli. In: Tangible and Embedded Interaction (TEI'16), Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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In this paper we discuss the design process and results from a design exploration on the use of thermal stimuli in body awareness exercises. A user-study was performed on an interactive prototype in the form of an interactive heat mat. The paper brings forth an alternative understanding of heat as a design material that extends the common understanding of thermal stimuli in HCI as a communication modality to instead bring the aesthetic and experiential properties to the fore. Findings account for felt body experiences of thermal stimuli and a number of design qualities related to heat as a design material are formulated, pointing to experiential qualities concerning the felt body, subjectivity and subtleness as well as material qualities concerning materiality, inertia and heat transfer

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:6053
Deposited By:Anna Ståhl
Deposited On:14 Sep 2016 16:02
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