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feelabuzz: Direct Tactile Communication with Mobile Phones

feelabuzz: Direct Tactile Communication with Mobile Phones
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Author(s): Christian Leichsenring (Bielefeld University, Germany), René Tünnermann (Bielefeld University, Germany) and Thomas Hermann (Bielefeld University, Germany)
Copyright: 2011
Volume: 3
Issue: 2
Pages: 10
Source title: International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Joanna Lumsden (Aston University, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/jmhci.2011040105


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Touch can create a feeling of intimacy and connectedness. This work proposes feelabuzz, a system to transmit movements of one mobile phone to the vibration actuator of another one. This is done in a direct, non-abstract way, without the use of pattern recognition techniques in order not to destroy the feel for the other. The tactile channel enables direct communication, i. e. what another person explicitly signals, as well as implicit context communication, the complex movements any activity consists of or even those that are produced by the environment. This paper explores the potential of this approach, presents the mapping use and discusses further possible development beyond the existing prototype to enable a large-scale user study.

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