“Tangible Communication”

  • ©Ken-ichi Kameyama and Yasunobu Yamauchi



Interest Area:



    Tangible Communication

Session/Category Title:   Haptics



    In face-to-face communication, we establish mutual understanding and intimate friendship easily and naturally. However, it is not so easy to do the same thing in networked environments. For example, phones or email systems sometimes cause mutual misunderstanding. This is because current systems focus on transmitting only verbal or semantic messages. This sketch shows how to achieve more realistic communication over a narrow network with limited hardware resources like mobile computers. It focuses on developing a virtual handshake and interactive facial image deformation because these are simple but effective techniques for influencing affection.


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