CoupleVibe: Supporting Connectedness in Long Distance Couples With Location-Based Vibrotactile Cues

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Advances in mobile phone technology have greatly improved computed-mediated communication. However these communication methods still require intentional interaction. As a result, long distance communication between couples lacks many subtle communications that passively occur between collocated couples, such as brushing passing one another in the hallway. The authors propose to recreate some of that sense of connectedness created through passive interaction by using location-based vibrotactile communication on mobile phones. By using vibrations they allow for hands free, eyes free communication while avoiding the social disturbance associated with auditory alerts.