Media Technology MSc

MSc Thesis


Title

Synthetic Emotions Bicycle (SEB): Building a Human-Bicycle Emotional Bond Through Abstract Expression of Affect

Student(s)

Tamara Pinos Cisneros

Year

2014

Abstract

This study focuses on the possibility to enhance the emotional bonds between bicycles and humans. An emotional bicycle (SEB) was built for this purpose, by considering the needs a bike would have, its attributed personality and the emotions it could develop throughout usage. The emotional model used for SEB was designed with a homeostatic approach, in resemblance of a living organism, and based on the dimensions pleasure and arousal. The emotional response from the bicycle was represented with abstract expressions of affect, a novel field for expressing emotions. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of this model we analyzed the interaction of human subjects with the bicycle during one day while performing normal activities, as they would do with their own bicycle.

Full Reference

Tamara Pinos Cisneros, "Synthetic Emotions Bicycle (SEB): Building a Human-Bicycle Emotional Bond Through Abstract Expression of Affect", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2014