For emotional communication current social technology focuses on the face of this technology with auditory and visual feedback. The largest and most underrated sense organ is being forgotten: the tactile sense.
This is Tuŝi. A social interactive object that can communicate its emotions purely through tactile actuators. The tactile emotions of Tuŝi are activated by various forms of touch of the user sensed by different kind of tactile sensors on and in the body of Tusi.
The goal of this project is to investigate whether it is possible to combine different tactile actuators to create emotional expressions that people can experience, but mostly recognize, in a natural way.
The Thesis (Emotie voelbaar maken) and more information (like building instructions) can be found here.
People called Tuŝi & ‘Emotie voelbaar maken’:
“Very creative research method” – “striking due to its social relevance” – “very comprehensive and high-quality thesis” – “Example for future students” – “Overstijgt de HBO norm” – “Must read for everyone in the human-computer (robot) interaction field!”