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Multisensory Design Probe

 Research

Research

 

Technostress is an emerging and significant psychological phenomenon associated with the use of technology. As humans increasingly encounter computational technology on a daily basis, there is a need to manage the anxieties and tensions that can result from these interactions. Part of my critical and cultural computing course, I created a design probe to explore this concept of technology induced stress. The probe builds on the topic of slow technology and embraces multisensory experiences as a tool for individuals to pause, reflect and contemplate. This is project is part of an ongoing research.

 
 
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Design Process

 

Probe Design

 

My design process started with looking into ways people can get in touch with their senses and inner thoughts. The design investigates the 4 following areas:

Thoughts, as a way to promote control | Aroma, as a way to trigger the imagination

Comfort, as a way to imply timelessness | Sculpting, as a way to foster creativity

 
 

Probe Activities and Protocol

 

The probe kit consists of 5 steps which are recommended to be done in order. The orders are labeled on each package which also have a short description about what needs to be done. The descriptions are hand written to reflect a more homie and welcoming feel for the participants.

 
 
 
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Further Conceptual Designs

 

Interactive Multisensory Artifacts

 

After Play-testing the probe, further conceptual designs were envisioned. the designs align with the notion of slow technology and slow interaction in order to reduce technostress and create moments of phase, refection and contemplation.

 
 

Conceptual Sketches

 
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 Embedded Legs Expand for Slow movements

Embedded Legs Expand for Slow movements

 
 
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 Embedded Springs Allow Movement

Embedded Springs Allow Movement

 
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