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What does it really mean to be InTouch? Our connected life after the Smartphone.

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19 September 2014



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InTouch is a collaboration between Dr. Kirsten Cater in the Department of Computer Science and Dr. Victoria Bates in the Department of History (Historical Studies), and design company Kinneir Dufort.

In this fast paced digital world we often feel isolated distant from the people we love. The smartphone may allow us to connect almost anywhere at any time, but although we are always connected, are we really InTouch?

The research and design project InTouch hopes to make that moment of connection bring us closer together. Using haptic technology, InTouch are exploring new ways to allow us all to reach out and touch those who mean the most to us at that very moment in time when we need each other the most.

Initially aimed to enable families separated by long distance to engage through storytelling at bedtime, our explorations have led us deeper, to the bigger question: What is ‘real’ connection, and more importantly how can we get back what we all need, to feel next to those people we love?

We are presenting our work at the London Design Festival as part of The REACT Objects Sandbox showcase which will be open to view at Christies, Brompton Design District, Lower Gallery, 85 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3LD from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 September. We will also be revealing the collaborative process from idea to design to prototype at the V&As Digital Design Weekend, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September.

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