Towards an initial understanding of the design of playful water experiences through flotation

Maria F. Montoya, Rakesh Patibanda, Christal Clashing, Sarah Jane Pell, Florian "Floyd" Mueller

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Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researchers are increasingly captivated by water interactions and hence explored interactive devices to support aquatic activities in different settings (e.g., mixed realities in water parks). However, our understanding of the user experience in interacting with water and technology is still underdeveloped. To begin closing this gap, we explore flotation tanks as a water setting for playful interactive experiences. The goal of the associated somaesthetic design approach was to sensitize the body of the designer (the first author) by engaging with her experiences interacting with water and create meaningful interactions. This preliminary work presents four different user experiences that can facilitate play through a defamiliarization analysis of water interaction with the body mediated by technology. We offer HCI insights for design researchers interested in creating playful experiences in water settings, while also providing industry with initial strategies on how to enrich flotation tank sessions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI PLAY'22 - Extended Abstracts of the 2022 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
EditorsBeth Bonsignore, Julian Frommel
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781450392112
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2022
EventACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play 2022 - Bremen, Germany
Duration: 2 Nov 20225 Nov 2022
Conference number: 9th (Website) (Proceedings)


ConferenceACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play 2022
Abbreviated titleCHI PLAY 2022
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  • Flotation tank
  • playful experience
  • soma design
  • water interaction.

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