aisthetika: things that we perceive through the senses

things that we perceive through the senses

What if we utilized our sense of touch to interpret the flow of data? From braille to sensory substitution, research and experiments have already shown that touch can be an effective tool for data interpretation. This project builds on the potential of tactile interfaces, exploring how kinetic, pattern-based haptic feedback can be a means to interpret and manipulate data. Aisthetika is focused within a home, a site that produces vast amounts of data in constant flux: health status, environmental indicators, and intangible data such as human behavior, emotions and well-being. The home also allows users to utilize, as tactile interfaces, objects and surfaces which we interact with on a daily basis, such as door-knobs, tables, and handles.

Data input output:

There are two scenarios for input in Aisthetika
Scenario 1- this is passive/involuntary input – the system collects data when the user interacts with the object in its normal way.
Scenario 2- this is active/voluntary input – the user has the ability to provide the system information via touch. e.g., squeezing and tapping, twisting and changing the shape


The appearance of aisthetika was the result from these experiments. Where I investigated what touch felt like. If we could detect patterns? What kind of patterns could we detect? Material studies. Active vs passive touch. And static vs kinetic touch.


aisthetika was created in 2011-12 as part of a graduate MFA Thesis in Graduate Media Design,
at Art Center College of Design

Special Thanks:
Ben Hooker – My lead thesis advisor
Garnet Hertz (advisor), Lisa Krohn (advisor) and Thea Petcher (writing advisor) – My thesis committee
Anne Burdick, Tim Durfee, Phil van Allen, Norman Klein, Kevin Wingate, and the rest of the MDP faculty.
And special thanks to my MDP classmates!
All this was made possible through my experiences and teachings through the program and people.
Thank you!


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