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Symbiont: Soft-Robotic Objects for Tactile Communication

Safari, Mona (2024) Symbiont: Soft-Robotic Objects for Tactile Communication. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Safari, Mona

Sense is an intriguing facet through which we communicate with one another and our environment. However, due to our reliance on verbal communication, sensory mediums such as haptics remain relatively underexplored. "Symbionts" are a pair of soft robotic objects that facilitate non-verbal, tactile communication between individuals. These objects employ "bend and pressure sensors with actuators that pulse, vibrate and curl" to create a silent, tactile form of communication, allowing users to communicate through touch.

Symbionts are designed to intrigue and engage by bridging physical distances and exploring the nuances of tactile sensation to create different layers of interpersonal communication. The design of these objects is informed by literature, contextual, and theoretical reviews in the areas of soft robotics, haptics, sensory design, tactile interaction, and Biomorphism.

A mixed methods approach is used, drawing upon methodologies including Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), the Double Diamond Framework (DD), and Bio-Inspired Design. Additionally, the methods employed include an Annotated Portfolio, Reflective Practice, and Design by Metaphor. This leads to the creation of Symbionts based on material-driven design and tactile communication.

Date: 7 May 2024
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tactile Communication, Haptics, Sensory Design, Soft Robot, Sensory Objects, Nonverbal Communication, Sense, Touch, Biomorphic Design, Design by Metaphor, Soft-Robot Objects, Human-Computer Interaction, Mixed Methods Research, Research-Oriented Design, Multidisciplinary Design, Reflective Practice, Research through Design, Research for Design.
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
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Date Deposited: 07 May 2024 22:33
Last Modified: 27 May 2024 18:26
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4458

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