Case Studies

Read up on some of our past and current work listed below.

Imagining Remote Personal Touch

What are the possible roles and nature of touch in the context of personal relationships and, specifically, remote personal communication? We use a series of interactive prototyping workshops to explore this question.

In Touch with Baby

Can we think of bio-sensing as digital touch? We explore bio-sensing as an extreme case of mediated touch in the context of parent-infant interaction.

The Art of Remote Contact

How might digital interactive arts offer people a new route to explore touch and digital touch communication? How could creative uses of technology enhance feelings of connection and tackle isolation? We explore these questions in collaboration with interactive arts studio Invisible Flock.

Designing Digital Touch

How do design students think about and through touch? What happens when digital touch communication moves to the centre of the design process? We worked with scholars at the Loughborough Design School to explore these questions by co-developing a student design brief for their course on User Experience Design.

Tactile Emoticon

Working with UCL colleagues from neuroscience and computer science, we made a prototype to investigate how the established digital communicative practices of sending emoticons might be extended to touch to enhance social communication and positive social feedback.

Threshold Touch Experiences

This on-going artistic collaboration between IN-TOUCH, artist and researcher  Marloeke van der Vlugt, and the composer, director and researcher  Falk Hubner explores the politics and aesthetics of digital touch through interactive digital performance and technology; and investigates the potentials of research collaboration between performance and social science research to provide insights on digital touch communication.

Virtual Touch

How do we conceptualise and experience ‘touch’ in environments such as, virtual reality, pseudo haptics and mediated touch technologies, where the ‘materiality’ of touch disappears or is changed in new ways?