Intimate is a concept for nonverbal communication between two people over long distances using their sense of touch. This design makes it possible to feel and touch each other. It conveys a sense of closeness, affection and intimacy beyond texting, phoning or video chatting. It is meant for two people such as lovers in a long-distance relationship. It is a very private form of communication, taking place in a private space, between partners.
Each partner would have a small companion or a mate who stands in for the other person and connected via WiFi. An action on one mate triggers a corresponding reaction on the other mate. Four reactions are planned: If the one mate is stroked, the other is illuminated in a warm colour that symbolizes body warmth and closeness. If the one mate is stirred, the other shakes. It can be slowly, playfully dandled so that the other one is rocked lightly from one side to the other. Finally, you can dent and mold the mate. The other one will assume the corresponding form. Through such interactions, a wordless, haptic form of communication ensues. A secret language, which only two people can understand.
stroke – glow
shake – wiggle
sway – swing
kneat – deform