ActuEating: Designing, Studying and Exploring Actuating Decorative Artefacts

Nabil, Sara, Everitt, Aluna, Sturdee, Miriam, Alexander, Jason, Bowen, Simon, Wright, Peter and Kirk, David (2018) ActuEating: Designing, Studying and Exploring Actuating Decorative Artefacts. In: Proceedings of the 2018 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2018 - DIS '18. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 327-339. ISBN 978-1-4503-5198-0

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Abstract

Actuating, dynamic materials offer substantial potential to enhance interior designs but there are currently few examples of how they might be utilized or impact user experiences. As part of a design-led exploration, we have prototyped (Wizard-of-Oz) an actuating, dining table runner (ActuEater1), and then developed a fully-interactive fabric version that both changes shape and colour (ActuEater2). Four in-situ deployments of 'ActuEaters' in different dinner settings and subsequent 'design crits' showed insights into how people perceive, interpret and interact with such slow-technology in interesting (and often unexpected) ways. The results of our 'ActuEating' studies provide evidence for how an actuating artefact can be simultaneously a resource for social engagement and an interactive decorative. In response, we explore design opportunities for situating novel interactive materials in everyday settings, taking the leap into a new generation of interactive spaces, and critically considering new aesthetic possibilities.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Shape-changing Interfaces; Organic User Interfaces; Interioraction; Multi-aesthetics; Colour-changing
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 07:56
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2018 08:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34805

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