The Sensory Interactive Table: Exploring the Social Space of Eating

Roelof A.J. De Vries, Juliet A.M. Haarman, Emiel C. Harmsen, Dirk K.J. Heylen, Hermie J. Hermens

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Eating is in many ways a social activity. Yet, little is known about the social dimension of eating influencing individual eating habits. Nor do we know much about how to purposefully design for interactions in the social space of eating. This paper presents (1) the journey of exploring the social space of eating by designing an artifact, and (2) the actual artifact designed for the purpose of exploring the interaction dynamics of social eating. The result of this Research through Design journey is the Sensory Interactive Table: an interactive dining table based on explorations of the social space of eating, and a probe to explore the social space of eating further.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICMI 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450375818
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2020
Event22nd ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2020 - Online, Virtual, Online, Netherlands
Duration: 25 Oct 202029 Oct 2020
Conference number: 22


Conference22nd ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction, ICMI 2020
Abbreviated titleICMI
CityVirtual, Online
Internet address


  • commensality
  • design for behavior change
  • interaction design

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