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Emotional User Interface

Emotionen als Ein- und Ausgabemedium
: Chiesa, Laura; Hörr, Oliver
: Siegmund, Dirk

Darmstadt, 2016, 126 S.
Darmstadt, Hochschule, Bachelor Thesis, 2016
Bachelor Thesis
Fraunhofer IGD ()
Fraunhofer IGD-R ()
Wearable computing; Emotion recognition; Human-centered user interfaces; Life sciences; medical sciences; Individual Health; Human computer interaction (HCI)

The objective of this bachelor thesis is to augment the interaction between human and machine with emotion as an interface. It is intended to demonstrate the importance of emotion in Human-Computer-Interaction and how the latter can be improved through the use of emotion recognition and emotional design principles.
The conception and prototypical realization of "Talis" within this bachelor thesis illustrates a draft of a future generation of devices, that are not only characterized by their function but also communicate on an emotional level, and contribute to their owners' development and well being.

"Talis" is a therapy-supporting wearable for patients with depressive moods, mild and moderate depression. It was developed together with therapists based on methods of cognitive behavioral therapy and well-being therapy and in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research. It is based on a preceding research thesis on emotions in design and technology.

"Talis" accompanies patients during their everyday life and therapy sessions. The wearable helps them to recognize and reflect the positive in their lives. Positive moments are automatically recognized, saved and played back when a decrease in the patients' mood is detected. Additionally patients have the possibility to actively record positive moments or listen to one of them. Negative phases are to be decreased or avoided this way. Through emotion recognition and automation patients are relieved from inner hurdles, caused by their condition, like avolition, that inhibit the success of therapy methods. Patients experience additional emotional support through the special haptics of "Talis". They function as a tactile representation, a memory, of all the positive in their lives. This way the effect of the therapeutic methods is increased and the psychological strain is decreased.