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Title: Empathetic living media
Authors: Cheok, A.D. 
Kok, R.T.
Tan, C.
Fernando, O.N.N. 
Merritt, T.
Sen, J.Y.P.
Keywords: Design
Human factors
Issue Date: 2008
Source: Cheok, A.D.,Kok, R.T.,Tan, C.,Fernando, O.N.N.,Merritt, T.,Sen, J.Y.P. (2008). Empathetic living media. Proceedings of the Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, and Techniques, DIS : 465-473. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We describe a new form of interactive living media used to communicate social or ecological information in the form of an empa-thetic ambient media. In the fast paced modern world people are generally too busy to monitor various significant social or human aspects of their lives, such as time spent with their family, their overall health, state of the ecology, etc. By quantifying such information digitally, information is semantically coupled into living microorganisms, E. coli. Through the use of transformed DNA, the E. coli will then glow or dim according to the data. The core technical innovation of this system is the development of an information system based on a closed-loop control system through which digital input is able to control input fluids to the E. coli, and thereby control the output glow of the E. coli in real time. Thus, social or ecological based information is coupled into a living and organic media through this control system capsule and provides a living media which promotes empathy. We provide user design and feedback results to verify the validity of our hypothesis, and provide not only system results but generalized design frameworks for empathetic living media in general. Copyright 2008 ACM.
Source Title: Proceedings of the Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, and Techniques, DIS
ISBN: 9781605580029
DOI: 10.1145/1394445.1394495
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