A Longitudinal Field Study on Kiss Mediation Interface for Long Distance Relationships

  • Elham SaadatianEmail author
  • Hooman Samani
  • Ryohei Nakatsu
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 529)


In this paper we present a longitudinal field study of “kiss messaging interface” designed and developed for people in long distance relationships (LDRs). Mediators of intimacy are a novel class of telecommunication systems that enable people in LDR to express affection and intimacy despite being non co-located. To better understand how people experience these interfaces in the realistic and outside the lab environment, and how they blend in the users context, longitudinal field studies are required. To address the need of studying the mediators of intimacy in their natural usage context, a longitudinal field study is performed and design insights are explored under actual daily contexts over a three-weeks period. Also the study on the mediator of kiss technological probe, provided us with the user expectations from the mediators of the kiss which could also contribute towards the design of other similar technologies.


User experience Telepresence Affective computing 



This research is supported by the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore under its International Research Centre @ Singapore Funding Initiative and administered by the Interactive&Digital Media Programme Office.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elham Saadatian
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hooman Samani
    • 2
  • Ryohei Nakatsu
    • 1
  1. 1.Keio-NUS CUTE CenterInteractive and Digital Media InstituteSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringNTUPTaipeiTaiwan

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