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Issue No. 04 - Fourth Quarter (2012 vol. 5)
ISSN: 1939-1412
pp: 365-375
Tom Froese , University of Tokyo, Tokyo and University of Sussex, Brighton
Marek McGann , MIC, University of Limerick, Limerick
William Bigge , University of Sussex, Brighton
Adam Spiers , University of the West of England
Anil K. Seth , University of Sussex, Brighton
The cognitive sciences are increasingly coming to terms with the embodied, embedded, extended, and experiential aspects of the mind. Exemplifying this shift, the enactive approach points to an essential role of goal-directed bodily activity in the generation of meaningful perceptual experience, i.e., sense-making. Here, building on recent insights into the transformative effects of practical tool-use, we make use of the enactive approach in order to provide a definition of an enactive interface in terms of augmented sense-making. We introduce such a custom-built interface, the Enactive Torch, and present a study of its experiential effects. The results demonstrate that the user experience is not adequately captured by any standardly assumed perceptual modality; rather, it is a new feeling that is mediated by the design of the device and shaped by the overall situation of the task. Taken together these findings show that there is much to be gained by synergies between engineering and the cognitive sciences in the creation of new experience-centered technology. We suggest that the guiding principle should be the design of interfaces that serve as a transparent medium for augmenting our natural skills of interaction with the world, instead of requiring conscious attention to the interface as an opaque object in the world.
Haptic interfaces, Human computer interaction, Vibration measurement, User centered design, Information processing, user-centered design, Deployment, usage experience, Haptic I/O, human-centered computing

W. Bigge, M. McGann, T. Froese, A. Spiers and A. K. Seth, "The Enactive Torch: A New Tool for the Science of Perception," in IEEE Transactions on Haptics, vol. 5, no. , pp. 365-375, 2012.
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