“Arm-a-Dine”: towards understanding the design of playful embodied eating experiences

Yash Dhanpal Mehta, Rohit Ashok Khot, Rakesh Patibanda, Florian 'Floyd' Mueller

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Abstract

There is an increasing trend in HCI on studying human-food interaction, however, we find that most work so far seems to focus on what happens to the food before and during eating, i.e. the preparation and consumption stage. In contrast, there is a limited understanding and exploration around using interactive technology to support the embodied plate-to-mouth movement of food during consumption, which we aim to explore through a playful design in a social eating context. We present "Arm-A-Dine", an augmented social eating system that uses wearable robotic arms attached to diners’ bodies for eating and feeding food. Extending the work to a social setting, "Arm-A-Dine" is networked so that a person’s third arm is controlled by the affective responses of his/her dining partner. From the study of "Arm-A-Dine" with 12 players, we articulate three design themes: Reduce bodily control during eating; Encourage savoring by drawing attention to sensory aspects during eating; and Encourage crossmodal sharing during eating to assist game designers and food practitioners in creating playful social eating experiences. We hope that our work inspires further explorations around food and play that consider all eating stages, ultimately contributing to our understanding of playful human-food interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
EditorsZach O. Toups, Peta Wyeth
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages299-313
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356244
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play 2018 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 28 Oct 201831 Oct 2018
Conference number: 5th
https://chiplay.acm.org/2018/
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3242671

Conference

ConferenceACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play 2018
Abbreviated titleCHI PLAY 2018
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period28/10/1831/10/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • Digital commensality
  • Food games
  • Human-food interaction

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