Azalea: Co-experience in remote dialog through diminished reality and somaesthetic interaction design
Paper i proceeding, 2021

We introduce Azalea: a design to enrich remote dialog by diminishing externalities, created through a process informed by somaesthetics. Azalea is a tactile cushion that envelops a smartphone running a bespoke app. A pair of Azaleas mediate an embodied co-experience between remote interlocutors via a motion-driven soundscape and audio-driven visuals. While most designs for enriching remote communication increase dimensionality and fdelity of modalities, Azalea diminishes distractions and serves an abstract medium for co-experiencing embodied information. We present the theoretical foundations and design tactics of Azalea, and characterize the experience through a qualitative empirical study. Our fndings culminated in 12 qualities, supporting 5 themes with design implications that contribute to (1) a design ethos of diminished reality and (2) an expansion of somaesthetic HCI towards expression and communication.

Smartphone sacrifce.


Remote communication


Embodied information


Sjoerd Hendriks

Student vid Chalmers

Simon Mare

Student vid Chalmers

Mafalda Samuelsson-Gamboa

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Interaktionsdesign (Chalmers)

Mehmet Aydin Baytas

Chalmers, Data- och informationsteknik, Interaktionsdesign (Chalmers)

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Making Waves, Combining Strengths, CHI 2021
Virtual, Online, Japan,




Människa-datorinteraktion (interaktionsdesign)



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