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United-pulse : feeling your partner's pulse

Werner, J. and Wettach, R. and Hornecker, E. (2008) United-pulse : feeling your partner's pulse. In: Proceedings of MobileHCI 2008. ACM, pp. 535-538. ISBN 978-1-59593-952-4

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Abstract

This paper introduces a device that creates remote intimacy by the use of two rings named “united-pulse”. Each ring can measure the wearer’s heartbeat and send it to the partner’s ring. Hereby, artificial corporeality is created between the couple. By means of a working prototype, united-pulse has been successfully tested. Among the 28 participants the prototype has attracted large interest. Through the heartbeat – the essential vital sign – a feeling of being very close to the partner is provided. Touching the ring allows a small moment of intimacy in situations where emotional support is needed.