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Workshop Overview

The aim of the workshop is to strengthen the haptic community’s awareness and sensitivity to social and sensory aspects of digitally mediated touch experiences.

The workshop is interdisciplinary and welcomes submissions from haptic researchers, social researchers, interaction designers and makers to explore and discuss the challenges of designing the social and sensorial aspects of touch.

Participants will interact with two new methodologies: ‘Multi-Touch Kit, an open source touch sensing toolkit, and the ‘Designing Digital Touch Toolkit, to explore the challenges of designing digital touch (with attention to bodies, environment, agency, norms, materiality and temporality). Together we will interrogate and map the challenges, possible techniques and methods to inform a draft ‘Manifesto’ for the social and sensory design of digitally mediated touch experiences. This will inform and support accessible and inclusive design and development to speak to the need of all potential users.