The aim of this paper is to describe methods of extending the emotional characteristics of remote tactile communication. The basic premise behind the work is to find a method of enabling people to feel closer while communicating using a mobile device. The world is becoming increasingly connected through fast, inexpensive and convenient communication technology. At the same time, social networking services are growing quickly as well, from Facebook to Twitter, these have become an essential part of our lives. Paradoxically, we feel the distance between people is increased. Despite many technological functions, it can be difficult to express emotions or true feelings over a distance.
The methods by which we communicate are limited, especially remote communication via tactile mobile phones. One problem that stands out with most touchscreen devices, however, is that they give no tactile feedback and most remote communication applications use a single finger to control and communicate.
The types of communication that I will investigate here are far richer in many ways than what we have been dealing with. My graduation project “Sense X” allows users to 'sense' messages through a combination of light, sound and vibration, and creates tacit understanding with their contacts. Interaction is conducted more naturally by using all the embedded sensors in smartphones and an extended range of touch gestures. Furthermore, it synchronizes information with other devices to show your movement on haptic devices; the distance between you and your contacts lessens.