After a lack of electronics projects, I had the idea to experiment with the WiFi enabled ESP8266 chip. For a highly creative music festival I visited in summer 2016, I had the idea of using a LED-tophat as an entertainment wearable, but also experiment with social dynamics in a festival crowd.

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Dorsal Haptic Display is an automotive interface questioning how we perceive a car’s surroundings. Motors in a car seats backrest stimulate the driver’s back with a projection of rear obstacles. We conducted a first user study to prove basic functionality and presented our results at AutomotiveUI 2015 in Nottingham, UK, in September.

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In the last six months Thomas and I worked on our Master thesis. We digged deep into shape-changing interfaces, embodied cognition and perceptual motor skills and the relevance for automotive design. During our research we visited TEI 2014 and developed a little prototype to demonstrate one of our concepts. On Tuesday (29.04.14) we finally presented our colloquium and are very pleased about the outcome.

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Felix A. Epp

I am Felix A. Epp, a technology and design enthusiast researching in the field of Human Computer Interaction. Currently I am a doctoral candidate at Aalto University working with Prof. Tapio “Tassu” Takala and Prof. Andrés Lucero. We are investigating how wearable technology supports people to present themselves in face-to-face interactions.


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Helsinki, Finland