At IN-TOUCH we like to think about touch in different ways and recently we asked ourselves the question ‘What does touch sound like?’ When you think about touch, you probably think of tactile sensations, the feeling of your body coming into contact with something. Yet much of our sensory experience comes about through a combination… Continue reading What does touch sound like?
In October/November 2017, IN-TOUCH organised a number of rapid prototyping workshops to explore with interdisciplinary groups of postgraduate students the possibilities of personal touch communication at a distance. As part of these workshops, we introduced students to the Kissenger prototype, a remote kissing machine designed by Emma Zhang and Prof. Adrian Cheok at the Imagineering… Continue reading Reflecting on Remote Personal Communication, by Nicola Josephine Flüchter
The IN-TOUCH team is excited to announce that we are co-organising a CHI 2018 workshop on 'Reshaping Touch Communication: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda'. The workshop is set to take place on 21st April 2018. More details can be found on our workshop website. Please see our Call for Participation below. We look forward to seeing you… Continue reading CFP – CHI 2018 workshop ‘Reshaping Touch Communication: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda’
Dr David Parisi is an Associate Professor of Emerging Media in the Department of Communication at the College of Charleston, USA. His research investigates the construction of touch through media technologies, with a particular emphasis on the historical, archaeological and genealogical foundations of contemporary haptic human-computer interfaces. His book Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics… Continue reading IN-TOUCH Q&A with David Parisi
Recent visits and discussions with various technologists, including robotics engineers and computer scientists, have made us think about the question of how the development of touch-related digital technologies might bring about new awareness of ‘touch’: the conscious sensation of touching, and the specificity of those particular sensations. Some robotics engineers develop robots to work in… Continue reading Touch awareness: its role for IN-TOUCH
The notion that it is possible to ‘see with the hands’, as Descartes once put it in Dioptrique (1637, see Paterson 2016), chimes with the popular imagination of the sense of touch as somehow enhanced in people with impaired vision. It is linked to centuries of philosophical debate and scientific research of how blind people… Continue reading Visual touch or sensing with the eyes
IN-TOUCH visited the London Science Museum’s new Robots exhibition this week. The exhibition sets out to understand what it means to be human by exploring the ‘very human obsession to recreate ourselves’. The quest to build ever more complex robots has transformed our understanding of the human body, and today robots are becoming increasingly human, learning… Continue reading Machine touch?