Designing Drone Chi: unpacking the thinking and making of somaesthetic human-drone interaction

Joseph La Delfa, Mehmet Aydin Baytaş, Emma Luke, Ben Koder, Florian "Floyd" Mueller

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Drone Chi is a Tai Chi inspired human-drone interaction experience. As a design research project, situated within somaesthetic interaction design, where a central topic is cultivating bodily and sensory appreciation to improve one's quality of life. Drone Chi investigates the potential of autonomous micro-quadcopters as a design material for somaesthetic HCI. Through a quasi-chronological account of the design process, this pictorial articulates how the sensory experiences of Tai Chi were integrated into Drone Chi. Taking a slow and open-ended design research approach, we iteratively developed the project through somaesthetic, product design and engineering perspectives and drew heavily on design analogies and imagery for inspiration. This elevated the influence of the soma amongst narrow engineering parameters and usability requirements. This pictorial serves as a reflective resource for designers who are experimenting with merging their native discipline with someasthetic interaction design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 ACM on Designing Interactive Systems Conference
EditorsWill Odom, Audrey Desjardins, Marianne Graves Peterson
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450369749
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventDesigning Interactive Systems 2020 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020 (Website) (Proceedings)


ConferenceDesigning Interactive Systems 2020
Abbreviated titleDIS 2020
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  • Drones
  • Gestural interaction
  • Human-drone interaction
  • Movement
  • Soma design
  • somaesthetic appreciation
  • somaesthetics
  • tai chi

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