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The aesthetics of heat: Guiding awareness with thermal stimuli
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2016 (English)In: TEI 2016 - Proceedings of the 10th Anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2016, 109-117 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
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In this paper we discuss the design process and results from a design exploration on the use of thermal stimuli in body awareness exercises. A user-study was performed on an interactive prototype in the form of an interactive heat mat. The paper brings forth an alternative understanding of heat as a design material that extends the common understanding of thermal stimuli in HCI as a communication modality to instead bring the aesthetic and experiential properties to the fore. Findings account for felt body experiences of thermal stimuli and a number of design qualities related to heat as a design material are formulated, pointing to experiential qualities concerning the felt body, subjectivity and subtleness as well as material qualities concerning materiality, inertia and heat transfer.

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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2016. 109-117 p.
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Aestehtics, Body awareness, Heat, Somaesthetics, Thermal stimuli
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Interaction Technologies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-195370DOI: 10.1145/2839462.2839487ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84964815292ISBN: 978-145033582-9OAI: diva2:1046512
10th Anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2016, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 14 February 2016 through 17 February 2016

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Available from: 2016-11-14 Created: 2016-11-03 Last updated: 2016-11-14Bibliographically approved

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