Beyond Talk, Beyond Sound: Emotional Expression and the Future of Mobile Connectivity

Richard Harper and Steve Hodges

Abstract

The chapters in this book are testament to the range of possibilities enabled by

current communications technologies. Our own interest in this is reflected in articles

and books that we have written that report on the use of various technologies,

whether it be SMS (Harper et al., 2005) or fully duplex mobile telephony

(Brown et al., 2001). In this chapter, we want to take a different view: a view not

on what communication technologies have done and do, but a view on what they

might do when designed in novel ways. More particularly, in this chapter, we

would like to explain why it is that, in the Socio-Digital Systems Group in Microsoft

Research in Cambridge, England, we have set up a programme of inquiries

into what we are calling New Communications Genre. This is a long-term

programme where we hope to invent and demonstrate the value of a variety of

new ways of communicating, of expressing and being in touch.

Details

Publication typeInbook
PublisherFrank & Timme
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