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Embodied Interaction HS2015

"Towards a Transparent Self"

Embodied Interaction Advanced HS2015 (Max Rheiner, Martin Feuz, Joël Gähwiler)

Movie: Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

The Transparent Self is a future scenario where all personal data is publicly available and can be read by any digital device or service. The body is extended with self-monitoring devices that deliberately upload a person's inputs (e.g. food consumed, quality of surrounding air), states (e.g. mood, arousal, blood oxygen levels), and performance (mental and physical) to the global network. The data is then automatically made available to other devices in the person's close space (eg. buildings, transportation vehicles, doors, etc.) or virtual services in distant data centers (health tracking, smart insurances, etc.).

This embodied interaction advanced course deals with the fictional future scenario of a "Transparent Self" which is an extrapolation of current emerging technologies like the Internet of Things, movements like the Quantified Self, hypes like Wearables and scientific efforts like "biofeedback". In five weeks you will create fictional embodied experiences that incorporate "seamless" interaction between the body and such digital-physical spaces. The resulting experience prototype connects to the topics, is based on a valid background research and is embedded in an authentic story.

Research Questions


Related Projects 


Quantified Self & Internet of Things



  1. Individual Research (Discussion Round) (Friday 20.11)
    Please post found projects in the following Google Docs for sharing. (Download PDF Version here)
  2. Concept Illustration (Concept Presentation) (Thursday 26.11)
    Each group submits a concept illustration in the form of a video (1-2 minutes).
  3. Experience Prototype (Final Presentation) (Thursday 17.12)
    Each group submits a working experience prototype as well as a video illustrating the final concept embedded in a story.
  4. Documentation (Delivery) (Friday 18.12)
    Each group submits a documentation of their work that includes images, textual documentation (process & reflection).


Week 1Tuesday 17.11Wednesday 18.11Thursday 19.11Friday 20.11

Kick-Off (4.K16)

Joël: Networks (4.T09)Individual Research

Group Work

AfternoonIndividual ResearchJoël: Networks (4.T09)Discussion Round, Idea Speed-Dating
& Group Building (4.E08) 
Group Work
Week 2Tuesday 24.11Wednesday 25.11Thursday 26.11Friday 27.11
MorningJoël: Tech 1 (5.T09)Group WorkGroup WorkGroup Work
AfternoonGroup WorkGroup WorkConcept Presentation (4.T08)Mentoring (Max)
Week 3Tuesday 1.12Wednesday 2.12Thursday 3.12Friday 4.12


Joël: Tech 2 (Atelier)Group WorkGroup WorkMentoring (Martin)
AfternoonGroup WorkMentoring (Joël)Group WorkGroup Work
Week 4Tuesday 8.12Wednesday 9.12Thursday 10.12Friday 11.12


Mentoring (Joël)Mentoring (Martin)Mentoring (Max)Group Work
AfternoonGroup WorkGroup WorkGroup WorkGroup Work
Week 5Tuesday 15.12Wednesday 16.12Thursday 17.12Friday 18.12


Mentoring (Joël)Mentoring (Joël)Final Presentation (5.D02)Documentation
AfternoonGroup WorkGroup WorkFeedback (IAD project room)Documentation

Structure: 16h, Inputs: 16h, Individual Research: 12h, Group Work: 104h, Documentation: 12h