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DEMO HOUR: Delicate Hybrid GIft

Issue: XXIV.5 September - October 2017
Page: 8
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Hyosun Kwon, Holger Schn├Ądelbach, Boriana Koleva, Steve Benford

Delicate Hybrid Gift is a series of prototypes that employ ephemeral materials to wrap digital gifts. One example is the Gifting Table, a platform to exchange hybrid gifts that incorporate food as gift wrapping. The table uses camera vision to detect interaction with food items placed on its surface. To wrap the digital content, we used a spherified juice dessert, which forms a highly fragile film that encourages delicate handling. When a dessert is placed on the plate, the system identifies the color; when it breaks, it sends the corresponding digital gift (such as playing music) to the recipient.

Kwon, H., Koleva, B., Schnädelbach, H., and Benford, S. "It's not yet a gift": Understanding digital gifting. Proc. of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. ACM, New York, 2372–2384;

Kwon, H., Schnädelbach, H., Koleva, B., and Benford, S. Delicate Hybrid Gift. Proc. of Research Through Design 2017. Figshare:

Hyosun Kwon, Holger Schnädelbach, Boriana Koleva, and Steve Benford, Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham

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ins01.gif A participant drawing a symbol of love with the dessert, suggesting a pattern as a key to unwrapping a gift.