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CFP – CHI 2018 workshop ‘Reshaping Touch Communication: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda’

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’

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IN-TOUCH Q&A with David Parisi

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

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Touch awareness: its role for IN-TOUCH

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

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Visual touch or sensing with the eyes

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

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What is the role of e-textiles and smart textiles for touch based communication?

Smart textiles or e-textiles are ordinary materials with a range of electronics, conductive materials and sensors woven into the fabric, and that respond to movement and/or touch. Smart textiles are materials that have ‘sensing and actuating properties’. This means they can both ‘sense’ and ‘react’ to external factors in the environment, e.g. mechanical, chemical, thermal,… Continue reading What is the role of e-textiles and smart textiles for touch based communication?