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Aura: Wearable Devices for Non-verbal Communication between Expectant Parents

Righetto, Marco - Crampton Smith, Gillian - Tabor, Philip (2012) Aura: Wearable Devices for Non-verbal Communication between Expectant Parents. Studies in Material Thinking, 7 . ISSN 1177-6234

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Abstract

Aura is a set of wearable devices to enable non-verbal communication between expectant parents. The project investigates possible aesthetic experiences as alternative applications to biometric monitoring. It aims to overcome the current situation in which the pregnant woman is seen as mainly, and merely, as either a patient or a “blessed body”. Medical staff and potential users were interviewed as part of the initial analysis. Based on the outcome of that phase of research, we designed a service embodied in two devices: a garment for the expectant mother and a bracelet for her partner. Fetal movements are translated into a ‘light message’ for the mother-to-be and into a ‘haptic message’ for her partner. The simultaneous connection of both partners enhances the emotional messages transmitted by the devices. The relationship is participatory, and the actions of both partners shape the conversation.

Tipologia del documento:Articolo
Parole chiave:fetal movements, design as research, pregnancy, evocative communication, wearable computing, biometric monitoring
Soggetti:Area 01 - Scienze matematiche e informatiche > INF/01 Informatica
Struttura:Facoltà > Fda Design e arti > Lauree specialistiche > clasVEM Comunicazioni visive e multimediali
Codice ID:369
Depositato da :Davide Rocchesso
Depositato il :30 Mar 2012 09:05
Ultima modifica:30 Mar 2012 09:05

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