Animo: Sharing Biosignals on a Smartwatch for Lightweight Social Connection

12 Apr 2019  ·  Liu Fannie, Esparza Mario, Pavlovskaia Maria, Kaufman Geoff, Dabbish Laura, Monroy-Hernández Andrés ·

We present Animo, a smartwatch app that enables people to share and view each other's biosignals. We designed and engineered Animo to explore new ground for smartwatch-based biosignals social computing systems: identifying opportunities where these systems can support lightweight and mood-centric interactions... In our work we develop, explore, and evaluate several innovative features designed for dyadic communication of heart rate. We discuss the results of a two-week study (N=34), including new communication patterns participants engaged in, and outline the design landscape for communicating with biosignals on smartwatches. read more

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