Fabian Hemmert

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In this paper, we present a novel type of persuasive home appliance: A thrifty water faucet. Through a servo motor construction, it is enabled to move and behave in life-like manners and to step into dialogue with the user. For example about water consumption or hygiene. We sought to research the reactions of users to such an appliance, alongside possible(More)
This paper presents a novel haptic actuation system for mobile phones: Two-dimensional tapering through an actuated back plate. It proposes this type of shape-change for various applications, e.g. for ergonomically actuating the shape itself, displaying internal contents, and pointing to entities located outside the device. The paper reports a user study(More)
In this paper, we explore body language in mobile phones as a means of relational interaction. We describe a prototype that allows the simulation of proxemic reactions to the nearing hand of a user, ranging from affection to aversion, based on nearness-based input and shape change-based output. A user study is reported, which indicates that users were able(More)
Mobile phones seem to present the perfect user interface for interacting with smart environments, e.g. smart-home systems, as they are nowadays ubiquitous and equipped with an increasing amount of sensors and interface components, such as multi-touch screens. After giving an overview on related work this paper presents the adapted design methodology(More)
This paper compares two novel physical information displays, both of which allow for haptic, non-invasive, non-audiovisual information display: a shape-changing device and a weight-shifting device. As for their suitability in mobile navigation applications, the two haptic systems are compared against each other, and also against a GUI-based solution, which(More)
In this paper, we present a qualitative comparison of different sketching techniques, assessing their suitability for co-designing interaction design with children. It presents a study conducted in an experimental field research, in which children aged 6-12 were engaged in a co-design process, aimed to the creation of novel communication devices or services(More)
In this paper, a novel means of status display in mobile phones is discussed: A permanent tactile heartbeat-like pulsation of the phone. In the study presented, this pulse was used to let the phone continuously communicate a calm state of ‘Everything is okay.’ – then, this pulse was suddenly interrupted, as soon as the phone needed the user’s attention. We(More)
In this paper, we explore how direct physical cues of interpersonal nearness can be achieved in mobile phones. Exemplarily, we present three novel means of communication for mobile phones: grasping, kissing and whispering. Reviewing the related work, we point to a research gap in direct physical near-body actuation in mobile telecommunication. To assess(More)
In this paper, we introduce the prototype of a low cost haptically augmented stylus for pen computing on touch screens. The stylus supports human-computer interaction through a dynamic haptic feedback. This reflective feedback is generated by a magnetically operated brake system. The feedback actuator is integrated in the stylus. Therefore, the pen supports(More)