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Creative Probes, Proxy Feelers, and Speculations on Interactive Skin

Jewitt, Carey; Barker, Ned; Golmohammadi, Lili; (2022) Creative Probes, Proxy Feelers, and Speculations on Interactive Skin. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction , 6 (4) , Article 22. 10.3390/mti6040022. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper critically discusses the combination of creative and social research methods to generate a novel approach to explore the multimodal technoscape. This paper draws on an interdisciplinary exploratory case study on interactive skin—an emergent technology that augments and/or interacts with the skin. This paper shows how concepts from skin studies and the HCI literature can be used to draw on creative methods to think about and with the body. We describe the use of an online probe pack, a speculative research workshop and sensory research interviews using ‘proxy feelers’ to agitate the design space of interactive skin futures. We show how combining these methods provoked and expanded the scope of interactive skin from the technological to the sensory and the social. We discuss the opportunities and challenges of the research dialogues that this approach facilitated, make the case for creative methodological improvisation and exploration of emergent technologies and show how creative and social research methods can be combined to explore the interconnection between technology, society and design.

Type: Article
Title: Creative Probes, Proxy Feelers, and Speculations on Interactive Skin
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/mti6040022
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.3390/mti6040022
Language: English
Additional information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Keywords: multimodal; sensory; creative methods; cultural probes; online research; speculative methods; futures; interactive skin; emergent technology; body
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10145883
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