Heatcraft: designing playful experiences with ingestible sensors via localized thermal stimuli

Zhuying Li, Yan Wang, Wei Wang, Weikang Chen, Ti Hoang, Stefan Greuter, Florian 'Floyd' Mueller

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Ingestible sensors are pill-like sensors that people swallow mainly for medical purposes. We propose that ingestible sensors also offer unique opportunities to facilitate intriguing bodily experiences in a playful manner. To explore this, we present “HeatCraft”, a two-player system that translates the user’s body temperature measured by an ingestible sensor to localized thermal stimuli delivered through a waist belt equipped with heating pads. We conducted a study with 16 participants. The study revealed three design themes (Integration of body and technology, Integration of internal body and outside world, and Integration of play and life) along with some open challenges. In summary, this work contributes knowledge to the future design of playful experiences with ingestible sensors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsAnna Cox, Vassilis Kostakos
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359702
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019
Conference number: 37th
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3290605 (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019
Abbreviated titleCHI 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • Body temperature
  • Ingestible sensors
  • Localized sensation
  • Play
  • Thermal stimuli

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