The plenty area of people have participated in the Interactive Design with its development by time. It’s not only about the improvement of technique, but the combination of different elements and function to make more interactivity between electronic products and people. The discussion of Interactive Products is no longer the simply breakthrough of science technology and efficiency of human and machine, it commences to input the life situation of human beings and bring the value of electronic products. Here we use Intouch as a discussed topic.
What is that feeling when the temperature can be delivered through electronic products? Intouch planted temperature into the Interactive Design, hoping to deliver the memories and emotions to others via the delivering of the temperature. When Intouch is touched by people, it will change its color including red, pale red, white, pale blue and blue. These colors would corresponding to five feeling of the temperature: hot, warm, normal, cool and cold. Intouch use four plain white cloths of square shape as touching area, the overall appearance is a block of wood material boxes.
1) Intouch doesn’t solve the specific problems and even not clearly define the question which should be answered. Temperature is the physical expression of the concept of hot and cold, Intouch can’t accurately deliver it from human beings and from environment of receiving party. It planted the Thermoelectric Cooling Module inside but not function as refrigerated or heated objects. It functions as the feedback of color when the receiving party touch it. Intouch has connected to the internet but can’t deliver pictures, functions and other messages.
2) The purpose of the communication of intouch with the receiving party is temperature. There is no clear indication of the button so the users are unsure where can be touched. And it can’t directly deliver the temperature without continuously pressed. In terms of interaction, when intouch being touched so to the other side temperature rise, but the receiving party has no clue to understand it is the state of elevated temperature. The failure of delivery could cause the inefficiency of interaction. The temperature of Intouch would drops if it has be touched over ten minutes, but the product itself could be influence by temperature surrounding. So Intouch would possibly cooling to normal temperature and make the users unknown it has been touched.
3) Intouch is composed by square box and fabric which is the material close to the people and to bring the comfort. Especially the fabric which has the characteristics of softness and flexibility. Intouch can produce plenty ways of interaction in different situation, and provide a random and a chance encounter condition. The both part of temperate and color would be rise and change and the other side will synchronously feel the temperature and receiving the emotions and cares when Intouch touched by two parties. The temperature would be cold if the other party doesn’t touch it for a long time, the sign of the coldness is about someone’s leaving (without touching) or someone’s shifting (shift to touching other part). The users can be aware of the rise of temperature by colors instead of numbers. Intouch represent the connection of relationships by color and temperature without defaulting the users situation and usage behavior which give the users more space to interact. The interaction is diversity in real world, the temperature make the electronic products no longer visual and flat. It adds the tactile sensation in the part of interactive design to make more possibility of interactive products.