Nakama: a companion for non-verbal affective communication

Christian Jacob Arendt Maria Willemse, Gerald M. Munters, Johannes Bernardus Fransiscus van Erp, Dirk K.J. Heylen

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    We present "Nakama": A communication device that supports affective communication between a child and its - geographically separated - parent. Nakama consists of a control unit at the parent's end and an actuated teddy bear for the child. The bear contains several communication channels, including social touch, temperature, and vibrotactile heartbeats; all aimed at increasing the sense of presence. The current version of Nakama is suitable for user evaluations in lab settings, with which we aim to gain a more thorough understanding of the opportunities and limitations of these less traditional communication channels.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 ACM on International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2015)
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3912-4
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015
    Event17th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2015 - Seattle, United States
    Duration: 9 Nov 201513 Nov 2015
    Conference number: 17

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    Conference17th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2015
    Abbreviated titleICMI
    Country/TerritoryUnited States


    • EWI-26633
    • METIS-315127
    • IR-98915

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