The overall topic of this one week course was the relationship between sensing/perceiving and movement (dynamics) in interaction. I explored how a dialogue between user and object can be created. Insights gained culminated in an interactive prototype (team effort) that further explores this dialogue, and how “reciprocal touch” (reactivity to touch) and dynamic form can help achieve engaging interactions.
Initial excited movement of the tentacles entice the user to come closer and touch. While interacting, a dialogue emerges through curious action and reaction. Unpredictability of the reactions and movements keep the dialogue engaging. The lively and fluent movements, and the fact that there is a whole “crowd” of tentacles makes that people project human qualities onto the behavior. As a result, surprising perceptions of different personalities and emotions emerge.