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Why stop at 9D television?


At the CHI Conference in South Korea in April 2015, scientists presented ideas and research that could lead to 9D television soon.

9D television? Yes, nine dimensional telly that transfers human emotion through technology and makes it visible.

Stimulating different areas of the human hand can, apparently, convey feelings of happiness, fear, sadness or excitement.

Short bursts of air round and on the thumb, index finger and palm promote feelings of excitement. Blowing on the little finger and outer palm triggers emotions of sadness.

Who? What? Read on.


British research to the fore

Scientists at the University of Sussex have come up with these shattering findings and have developed a box to apply the requisite bursts of air onto the hand, supposing that somebody would actually want to feel sad.

They reckon that 9D television is now possible which would ‘stimulate viewers’ senses of sight, sound, touch, taste and smell as well as conveying emotion, movement, pain and heat or cold.’

Wow! That’s what the human body and brain does already, isn’t it?

But hey, let’s not stop these scientists and researchers making a living and filling the news up with this sort of stuff.

CHI Conference

Where did they break this story? At that conference in South Korea. Let’s look a little closer.

For the past 32 years the CHI (pronounced kai) has been meeting so that ‘the world’s leading researchers and practitioners in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) from businesses and universities’ can share ground-breaking research and innovations related to how humans interact with digital technologies.

They say that the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) CHI conference is the ‘world’s premiere conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, presenting a highly selective showcase of the very best advances across the disciplines of computer science, cognitive psychology, design, social science, human factors, artificial intelligence, graphics, visualization, multi-media design and other disciplines.’

Well, fair enough. The 2015 theme was ‘Crossings’. That is to say, ‘crossing borders, crossing boundaries, crossing disciplines, crossing people and technology, crossing past and future, crossing physical and digital, crossing art and science, … crossing you and me.’

One of the sessions was entitled ‘Large-Scale Behavioral Data: Potential and Pitfalls’ and another was ‘Cultural Crossing from Local to Global through Music: Technology, Media and Future’ led by Psy, most well-known for his global, much-loved hit song and dance, ‘Gangnam Style’

A session on ‘UX Design in the IoT Era’ translates as user experience in the Internet of Things days that are coming; and the one I would have been first in the queue for, ‘Journey to a Better Life.’

This is the real story

So, it’s not so much about 9D television. It’s about the way research is going and how it takes on a life and momentum of its own, with its language/vocabulary, jargon, finance and justification.

Science and research become fact, eventually.

Some side sessions included with little 30-second taster videos:

The Unbroken Dream of Pervasive Sentient Ambient Calm Invisible Ubiquitous Computing
Consider the Moon: Human-Computer Bricolage of Extended Objects
I Woke Up as a Newspaper: Designing-in Interaction Analytics
Not All Days Are Equal: Investigating the Meaning in the Digital Calendar
Re-imagining Digital Fabrication as Performance Art
Can Androids Be Salespeople in the Real World?
Learn to Sketch (Even If You Can’t Draw)
Designing with the Mind in Mind: The Psychological Basis for UI Design Guidelines
Harmonious Haptics: Enhanced Tactile Feedback Using a Mobile and a Wearable Device
Lightweight Relief Shearing for Enhanced Terrain Perception on Interactive Maps

So stand by your screens, human-computer interaction will bring us 9D television soon…..

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