RE: [-empyre-] Experience with connecting people via a "hugoveradistance"

Hi Katherine,

We were interested in the intimacy that is created/is lacking between
partners that are physically apart. We observed partners that are
separated through work during their daily lives, but I also got
interested in long-distance relationships between partners that live in
different countries, or have to work for months on oil-rigs, for
example. Can technology create a stronger sense of connectedness between
these partners than mobile phones, email etc. currently do?
One notion that came out of our couples was the desire for a "touch"
experience between them, and also a subtle, unobtrusive interaction.
Hence the idea of a "Hug over a Distance": very tactile, and silent and
invisible for an outsider, while still creating a very intimate


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Katherine
Sent: Saturday, 13 August 2005 3:02 AM
To: soft_skinned_space
Subject: RE: [-empyre-] Experience with connecting people via a

Hi Floyd,

Could you tell us a bit about the ideas and intent motivating your work?

Also, what has your research revealed about other similar projects?


At 19:30 08/08/2005, you wrote:
>Having just looked it up and learned about muscle wires, I think it is 
>a great idea!
>Although not very strong...
>-----Original Message-----
>[] On Behalf Of Patrick 
>Sent: Tuesday, 9 August 2005 1:11 AM
>To: soft_skinned_space;
>Subject: Re: [-empyre-] Experience with connecting people via a "hug 
>I realize that this is a technical response, but have you thought of 
>muscle wire.  Yes, it does get hot, but you could insulate for that, 
>and it could have the benefit of creating warmth in the hug. It takes 
>electricity (simplifying interfacing, and has a relatively low latency 
>time (surely less than the air transfer), and it's silent.
>Just an idea.
>- P. Lichty
>empyre forum
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Katherine Moriwaki
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Trinity College Dublin
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