Sahami Shirazi, Alireza; Alt, Florian; Schmidt, Albrecht; Sarjanoja, A.; Hynninen, L.; Häkkilä, J.; Holleis, P.:

Emotion sharing via self-composed melodies on mobile phones.

In: Proceedings of the 11th international Conference on Human-Computer interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI'09). ACM
Bonn: ACM, New York (2009), S. 222-225
Buchaufsatz / Kapitel / Fach: Informatik; Wirtschaftswissenschaften
In their role as personal communication devices, mobile phones
are a natural choice for sharing and communicating emotions.
However, their functionalities are currently very limited in power
to express affective messages. In this paper, we describe the design
of a system that allows users to easily compose melodies and
share them via mobile phones. We show that by using these melodies
information about the current emotional state of the sender
can be expressed and recognized synchronously by the receiver in
a simple, quick, and unobtrusive way. Further, we reveal that selfcomposed
melodies have a stronger impact than pre-composed or
downloaded messages, similar to crafted pieces of art offered to a
beloved person. We then present findings from a user study that
assesses the implementation of a functional prototype and the
adequacy of the system for emotional communication.