Emoballoon: A balloon-shaped interface recognizing social touch interactions

Kosuke Nakajima, Yuichi Itoh, Yusuke Hayashi, Kazuaki Ikeda, Kazuyuki Fujita, Takao Onoye

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People often communicate with others using social touch interactions including hugging, rubbing, and punching. We propose a soft social-touchable interface called "Emoballoon" that can recognize the types of social touch interactions. The proposed interface consists of a balloon and some sensors including a barometric pressure sensor inside of a balloon, and has a soft surface and ability to detect the force of the touch input. We construct the prototype of Emoballoon using a simple configuration based on the features of a balloon, and evaluate the implemented prototype. The evaluation indicates that our implementation can distinguish seven types of touch interactions with 83.5% accuracy. Finally, we discuss possibilities and future applications of the balloon-made interface.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Computer Entertainment - 10th International Conference, ACE 2013, Proceedings
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event10th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment, ACE 2013 - Boekelo, Netherlands
Duration: 2013 Nov 122013 Nov 15

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8253 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other10th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment, ACE 2013


  • Gesture recognition
  • Social touch interaction
  • Soft interface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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