Abstract— ‘Future Affair’ is a project to explore affective touch and interpersonal connection using tactile sculptures and robotics. Our initial work focuses on C-Tactile afferent-optimal touch, with one individual stimulating the other through a mediated stroking touch experience. Here, we describe the first steps in creating a socially distanced intimate connection between two individuals.
Future Affair: An Artistic Exploration of Socially Distanced Affective Touch via Forearm Stimulation
Amy den Dekker, Laura A Dima, Gijs Huisman, Daniel Shor
Marjolein Schoorl, Laura A. Dima, Kikki de Laat, Erik Tempelman, Daniel Shor, Gijs Huisman
Abstract— TACTimat is a therapy tool developed for both hyper and hyposensitive children through a novel art and design focused approach. Our initial study explores how shape, texture, and density of elements on a tactile mat may influence the behaviour of young children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other cognitive disability during tactile exploration.