This thesis will engage with remote interactions between family members or between friends. Such remote interactions are (not only during pandemics) essential for humans to maintain their relationships. Although a variety of audio-visual communication tools exist, they lack important qualities of face-to-face contact, such as touching the same objects, the possibility to hug each other, or even feeling the same weather.

In order to explore possibilities for including physicality in remote interactions, the student will identify an existing object that is important in remote relationships, develop a design (concept), prototypically implement it and evaluate it.

Research questions
How can an existing, meaningful physical object be integrated in remote interactions?

Required Skills and Interests

  • Excitement for HCI
  • Basics in electronics and physical computing and/or Interaction Design
  • Interest in tangible interactions

Type of Student