Tactile Dialogues: Personalization of vibrotactile behavior to trigger interpersonal communication

Kimberly Johanna Schelle, Carolina Gomez Naranjo, Martijn Ten Bhömer, Oscar Tomico, Stephan Wensveen

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Abstract

This article describes tests that have been conducted with Tactile Dialogues, a textile pillow that can react to touch with vibrotactile stimuli and haptic sensations. Tactile Dialogues is designed to stimulate movement and interpersonal contact for patients in the late stages of dementia, their family members and their caregivers. The most recent prototype of the pillow has been tested during 15 separate visits of family members or caregivers with patients. The aim of these tests is to find out whether personalization of the vibrotactile stimuli is appreciated over a mirroring vibrotactile behavior. We propose a three-scale measurement to help family members and caregivers examine the responses of the patient: muscular relaxation, physical movement and interpersonal contact. Through the semi-structured interviews we identified that family members and caregivers do appreciate the opportunity to personalize the vibrotactile behavior and that the pillow mainly functions as a way to establish communication with the patient.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI 2015 - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages637-642
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333054
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2015 - Stanford, United States
Duration: 15 Jan 201519 Jan 2015

Publication series

NameTEI 2015 - Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityStanford
Period15/01/1519/01/15

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Haptic communication
  • Personalization
  • Smart textiles
  • Vibrotactile communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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