Touch & talk: contextualizing remote touch for affective interaction

  title={Touch \& talk: contextualizing remote touch for affective interaction},
  author={Rongrong Wang and Francis K. H. Quek},
  booktitle={TEI '10},
Touch is a unique channel in affect conveyance. A significant aspect of this uniqueness is that the relation of touch to affect is immediate, without the need for symbolic encoding and decoding. However, most pioneering research work in developing remote touch technologies, result in the use of touch as a symbolic channel either by design or user decision. We present a review of relevant psychological and sociological literature of touch and propose a model of immediacy of the touch channel for… 

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