Animate Mobiles


Project Description

As humans, we use body language mostly without explicit notice. It may therefore provide a helpful means to make our interaction with technology more natural, and more subtle.

In this project, we investigate devices that have body language, and how this body language can be designed. The current prototype reacts differently to different users and situations, varying across different spaces around the device. Its behaviour ranges from shy to curious.


Hemmert, F., Löwe, M., Wohlauf, A. & Joost, G. (2013). Animate Mobiles: Proxemically Reactive Posture Actuation as a Means of Relational Interaction with Mobile Phones. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction.