Lexi Lin designed for our daily communication which consists of two main parts, verbal communication that mainly in charge of information and nonverbal communication that mainly in charge of emotion. However, currently our main mean of daily digital communication is still through text messages or phone calls, even with the newest smart gadgets, such as smart watches. Body language accounts for 55% of our daily communication is not effectively in use for digital communication on a daily basis.
Through research and iterations of user tests, conceptualisation of a new digital communication system has been proposed, which utilises meaningful tangible interactions to express and interpret daily emotions. Existing sensor technologies and OLED are implemented into the product to achieve a humane way of emotion communication.
DUO is a concept IoT system which enables the user to communicate their emotions by leveraging their body action tendencies that emerge corresponding to different emotions. For example, when you feel angry, you want to punch or squeeze stuff. DUO reduces users’ dependence on having to encode their mental state into screen-based messages so they can be better engaging in their daily routine while establishing empathy with their multiple relatives and intimates in a dynamic, straightforward way.
In its first stage of implementation, the DUO system consists of two components, the physical interactive product as a physical extension of a mobile phone to translate body actions into dynamic visualisations, and the mobile application that serves as an universal tool which can be accessed both by users who have possession of the physical product and users without the product but who are willing to keep track of others’ emotions. Instead of only using the touch screen on the front surface of our mobile phones, the proposed physical embodiment creates potential to utilise the remaining surface area of our mobile phones as a physical interface to communicate with body actions. The DUO system takes short time to encode emotion messages instinctively while we are engaging in our daily routine, the actions along with their emotions are dynamic, real-time reflected. Users can even perceive the emotion intensity through the animated visualisations reflected from the sender’s actions. Through this way, users are also able to review their past emotions in a dynamic way through simulating past emotion actions, so as to improve their emotion self-awareness and management.