Exploring Wearable Technology for Supporting Couples in Long-Distance Relationships

Hong Li, Pradthana Jarusriboonchai, Jonna Häkkilä

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In this paper, we explore the possibilities of wearable technology in supporting couples in long-distance relationships (LDRs) to achieve better insights on how wearables could be designed to fit the real needs of this user group. We approach the topic with a hands-on design workshop, where twelve participants living in an LDR created concepts and low-fidelity physical prototypes of wearables, and presented the video-recorded concepts to their remote partners to get their feedback. We thoroughly documented and analysed the workshop, and, based on the findings, we propose design considerations for designing wearable communication devices to support LDRs, including supporting secret communication modes, effortless awareness, and asynchronous lifestyle of the couples. It is also important that technology, particularly wearables, is designed so that it can be seamlessly integrated as part of everyday life and fits to different contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of DRS 2020
Subtitle of host publicationSynergy
EditorsStella Boess, Ming Cheung, Rebecca Cain
PublisherDesign Research Society
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-912294-41-1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventDesign Research Society 2020: Synergy - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 11 Aug 202014 Aug 2020

Publication series

SeriesProceedings of DRS


ConferenceDesign Research Society 2020
Abbreviated titleDRS2020

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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