Speculative Design

The emerging field of affective computing focus on sensing, processing, and deliberately influencing human affect. This speculative project explores the near futures of embedded affective technologies.

Methods

  • UI Prototyping
  • Cyclical Ideation
  • Critical Design

Tools

  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop

Affective Computing

Affective computing is a field that is gaining steam as electronic technologies become more embedded in our everyday experiences. The intent is to interpret the emotional state of users and adapt the behavior of an automated system to provide an appropriate response. Here I explored the implications of affective computing on interpersonal connections, leveraging unintentional physiological effects to enhance relationships and micro-interactions.

What is the product?

Essentially, it’s a detachable smartphone case with two electrodes on the back to measure skin conductivity. The UI was designed in tangent as a conceptual prototype of an application use case. Observational research informed the design of the physical artifact, harnessing the act of checking ones phone as a source of affective data.

© 2019 Beth Godfrey