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Telephoneboxing October 20, 2011

Posted by reto wettach in media art, physical interaction design.

Just for the sake of completeness here a very physical interaction paradigm: Allard Roeterink, a artist, design and teacher, explored in 2003 a more phyiscal approach to interacting with your phone: He invented TelephoneBoxing.

(image source, image 2)

I consider this work to be important because – as far as I know – it is the first work which is challenging the standardized pressure setting for buttons. Especially as the human hand is so rich in expressions it is really astonishing that this richness has not been used in Human-Computer-Interaction.

The limitation of this work is the fact that it is a direct translation of the dial process into the boxing domain. Starting from that important first step one could now explore the “meaning” of dialing with various forces and how they could be translated at the recipient’s side.



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