Feelybean: Communicating touch over distance

Dimitrios Kontaris*, Daniel Harrison, Evgenia Eleni Patsoule, Susan Zhuang, Annabel Slade

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Increasingly, due to work or study reasons, many couples find themselves living apart, in different cities or even countries, experiencing the challenges of a long distance relationship. Much research has been conducted into helping couples overcome the problems associated with long distance relationships (LDRs) and many steps have been made towards solving it through enabling them to keep in contact via video, audio, or visual artifacts. Our approach supplements these traditional communication mediums by exploiting "touch" - a sensation that is dominant in almost every relationship. We designed, built and tested a prototype touch device, with the intention of bringing couples closer together during a regular Skype conversation, by allowing each to feel the other's touch. Our study showed that participants found touching each other in this way was intriguing, enabling them to feel the other person's hand touching theirs at a distance, and in doing so bridging the distance between them.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts - The 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012 - Austin, Texas, Austin, TX, United States
Duration: 5 May 201210 May 2012

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


Conference30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Internet address


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