Imagined Physics: Exploring Examples of Shape-changing Interfaces

Timothy Merritt, Mie Nørgaard, Christian Laursen, Majken Kirkegaard Rasmussen, Marianne Graves Petersen

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In the field of cognitive robotics, much attention has focused on the technical
challenges and approaches to building social robots and intelligent
agents. However, few works explore how the aesthetic qualities of shape
change influence how people perceive such an agent. Our contribution to
this book focuses on the human responses to objects that change shape in
response to input from users, environment, or other circumstances. In this
chapter we discuss the term "imagined physics", meaning how actuated devices
are in one sense tied to their physical form, yet through the use of actuators,
sensors, and computer algorithms can behave in ways that are surprising,
unpredictable and that might even be perceived as magical. We also claim
that shape change can help reveal the state of a robot or object, providing
cues for mentalizing, similar to how we read emotions and understand body
posture and other non-verbal communication when interacting with people.
We review examples of shape-changing interfaces including toys, interactive
lights, robots, etc, noting the intentions-or claims about intent- made by the
respective designers.
TitelCognitive Robotics
RedaktørerHooman Samani
Antal sider23
ForlagCRC Press
Publikationsdato16 okt. 2015
ISBN (Trykt)978-1482244564, 148224456X
ISBN (Elektronisk) 9781482244571
StatusUdgivet - 16 okt. 2015

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