Another beautiful project from the Design Research Lab is Skintimacy, a project that uses skin-based interfaces for collaborative musical performances.
The project investigates the boundaries between privacy and intimacy, creating a playful aural landscape for “touch.”
Alex on “Experiencing Intimacy”:
“The question of intimacy is brought to the foreground with the upcoming trend in HCI to use skin (and the precision of the sense of touch) as an interface. The collaborative setup is designed to give an auditively perceivable answer to the question: How can intimacy be experienced through sound when humans interact through mutual touch and perform with each other? Furthermore, since the instrument evokes interpersonal interaction, we want to employ Skintimacy as a playful tool that allows for the observation of intimate behaviour. We have discovered that personal and intimate borders are shifting significantly in a performative context where a computational (musical) process is linked to interpersonal touch.”