Electronic Kintsugi: An Investigation of Everyday Crafted Objects in Tangible Interaction Design

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Abstract

In the development of enhanced and smart technology, we explore the concept of meaningfulness, tangible design and interaction with everyday objects through Kintsugi, the Japanese craft of repairing broken ceramics with gold. Through two workshops, this emergent design research develops an iterative prototype: Electronic Kintsugi, which explores how we can facilitate more human-to-human or human-to-self connection through a hybrid crafted everyday object. We identify three themes: (1) enhancing human connection through embedded or “magic” technology; (2) using everyday objects to prompt personal reflection and development; and (3) exploring transferable design principles of smart products with a device of undefined purpose, and this converges traditional craft and technology.
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In the development of enhanced and smart technology, we explore the concept of meaningfulness, tangible design and interaction with everyday objects through Kintsugi, the Japanese craft of repairing broken ceramics with gold. Through two workshops, this emergent design research develops an iterative prototype: Electronic Kintsugi, which explores how we can facilitate more human-to-human or human-to-self connection through a hybrid crafted everyday object. We identify three themes: (1) enhancing human connection through embedded or “magic” technology; (2) using everyday objects to prompt personal reflection and development; and (3) exploring transferable design principles of smart products with a device of undefined purpose, and this converges traditional craft and technology.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date18 Oct 2018
Number of pages18
DOI
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2018
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes
EventIEEE's Future Technologies Conference (FTC 2018) - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 13 Nov 201814 Nov 2018

Conference

ConferenceIEEE's Future Technologies Conference (FTC 2018)
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period13/11/201814/11/2018

    Research areas

  • Craft, Everyday objects, Tangible interaction, Internet of Things (IoT)

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