c) questions

We started out by formulating a series of questions like:

– How can electronic interfaces recognize and communicate emotional intention and qualities?

– How are we affected by impulses from a non-determined tool?

-What stimulates the creative and perceptional ability in this context?

Impulses from a non-determined tool

Unlike a determined (predictable) tool, where we have an expectation of what result we can achieve, a non-determined tool represents the unknown. When we cannot associate the experience we can create conditions for curiosity and surprise (the unexpected).

In the project, we have chosen to create non-determined interfaces where the user is stimulated in the physical interaction through the haptic and audio-visual output. The aim is to create a sense of exploration and a discovery.

The human-technology relation is directed towards a dialogue or improvisation. In the perspective of product development this can be perceived as giving “life” or “character” to an interface or a product.

Stimulation of creative and perceptional ability

As children, most of us have a relatively straightforward Another important element in the design of the system is that relationship to our ability. A four or five year old sitting in front the audio/visual output never should repeat itself in order to of a piano or a drum kit rarely feels limited by what could be stimulate the user to explore the scene again and again. right or wrong. The experience of delight in the outcome is not influenced by valuations or judgment. This open minded attitude and ability tend to diminish with age and are replaced with uncertainty of doing “wrong”. In an artistic context this feeling of uncertainty can be reinforced even more. Our ambition is to create tools that stimulates enthusiasm and curiosity rather than performance anxiety. Through investigating how interactive tools can encourage a open minded attitude of joy and playfulness we can collect knowledge about methods to develop and design tomorrows electronic interfaces.


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