Communicating Emotion through Haptic Design: A Study Using Physical Keys

Marie Kjær Kjellerup, Anne Cathrine Larsen, Anja Maier

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    Abstract

    This paper explores how designers may communicate with the users of their products through haptic design. More specifically, how tactile properties of materials evoke emotions such as satisfaction, joy, or disgust. A research through design approach has been followed; mood- and material boards and prototypes of four ‘haptically enhanced’ (physical) keys were created. Types of keys selected include home, bicycle, hobby, and basement. An experiment with ten participants was conducted, using word association and a software to elicit product emotions (PrEmo). Results show a mapping between the designer’s intent and the user’s inference. We conclude that it is thus viable to communicate emotions using haptic design. Moreover, we found that when using their sense of touch, participants’ previous positive or negative memories and experiences were projected onto the objects.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Kansei Engineering and Emotion Research International Conference (KEER 2014)
    Number of pages13
    Publication date2014
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    EventKansei Engineering and Emotion Research International Conference (KEER 2014) - Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden
    Duration: 11 Jun 201413 Jun 2014
    http://designcalls.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/keer2014-international-conference-on-kansei-engineering-and-emotion-research-2014/

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    ConferenceKansei Engineering and Emotion Research International Conference (KEER 2014)
    LocationLinköping University
    CountrySweden
    CityLinköping
    Period11/06/201413/06/2014
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    Kjellerup, M. K., Larsen, A. C., & Maier, A. (2014). Communicating Emotion through Haptic Design: A Study Using Physical Keys. In Proceedings of the Kansei Engineering and Emotion Research International Conference (KEER 2014)