Towards designing playful bodily extensions: Learning from expert interviews

Oǧuz Oz Buruk, Louise Petersen Matjeka, Florian "Floyd" Mueller

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Interactive technologies offer novel opportunities for physically extending our bodies, with the most prominent examples being prosthetics along with systems emerging from the wearables community. However, most such systems appear to focus on instrumental benefits, missing out on the opportunity to use bodily extensions for play and its associated benefits (including a lower adoption barrier and the potential to reveal a broader understanding of such technologies). To begin understanding the design of playful bodily extensions, we interviewed five designers of bodily extensions that have been showcased in prestigious academic venues or turned into commercial products. Here we present themes and actionable advice from these interviews for the design of playful bodily extensions through a thematic analysis. Our work aims to support the design of future playful bodily extensions while promoting the experiential qualities of bodily extension design, with the ultimate goal of bringing more playful experiences to people's lives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsStephanie Mueller, Julie R. Williamson, Max L. Wilson
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781450394215
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2023 - , Germany
Duration: 23 Apr 202328 Apr 2023 (Website) (Proceedings)


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2023
Abbreviated titleCHI 2023
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  • Bodily Extensions
  • Cyborg
  • Expert Interviews
  • Games
  • Play
  • Posthuman
  • Thematic Analysis
  • Transhuman
  • Wearables

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