Holding hands over a distance: technology probes in an intimate, mobile context

Shannon O'Brien, Florian 'Floyd' Mueller

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While apart, couples can verbally and visually communicate through existing technologies such as mobile phones, text messaging, videoconferencing and email. Yet, other important means of communication, such as holding hands, can only happen when couples are co-located. We investigated if geographically distant handholding in a mobile context is important for young-adult couples by deploying a simple technology probe. Unfortunately, the design of our probe fell short in encouraging participants to engage with it. While it is important for technology probes to be simple, they need to be well designed. Our current and future work incorporates form design into the technology probe method to better support intimate, mobile contexts. Copyright the author(s) and CHISIG.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th Australia Conference on Computer-Human Interaction - Design
Subtitle of host publicationActivities, Artefacts and Environments, OZCHI '06
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)1595935452, 9781595935458
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Computer Human Interaction Conference 2006 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 20 Nov 200624 Nov 2006
Conference number: 18th
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/1228175 (Conference Proceedings)


ConferenceAustralian Computer Human Interaction Conference 2006
Abbreviated titleOZCHI 2006
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  • field data
  • handholding
  • haptic
  • intimacy
  • mobile
  • tactile communication
  • technology probe
  • touch over a distance

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