Interactive Jewellery: A design exploration

Maarten Versteeg, Elise Van Den Hoven, Caroline Hummels

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    Many current wearables have a technology-driven background: the focus is primarily on functionality, while their possible personal and social-cultural value is underappreciated. We think that developing wearables from a jewellery perspective can compensate for this. The personal and social cultural values embodied by traditional jewellery are often tightly connected to their function as memento. In this paper we reflect from a jewellery perspective, a memory-studies perspective and a TEI-perspective on three design proposals for interactive jewellery. We identify 1) drawing inspiration from interaction with traditional jewellery, 2) using relatively simple technology with high experiential qualities, 3) abstract and poetic data representation and 4) storing data uniquely on the digital jewel as possible design directions.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTEI 2016 - Proceedings of the 10th Anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction
    Place of PublicationNew York, USA
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9781450335829
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2016
    Event10th Anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2016 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
    Duration: 14 Feb 201617 Feb 2016


    Conference10th Anniversary Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2016


    • Autobiographical memory
    • Interactive jewellery
    • Memento
    • Tangible interaction

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Information Systems


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