Affective Technology in Lands of Fog

Lands of Fog is a full body interaction virtual environment designed to foment social initiation in children with autism when playing with a typically developing partner. It was developed at CMTech Lab from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, and previous research in this environment has shown an increase in the level of socialization throughout each session. As a further analysis, we wanted to compare the behavior of the children when playing in a non-ICT intervention that also promotes social initiation.

We have included affective technology to measure their physiological responses during social initiation moments and compare it to behavioristic data, to find a pattern in their arousal level related to socialization. Moreover, we have also investigated the best placement for the biometric sensors to acquire quality data while being comfortable to wear (taking into account the specific difficulties this may present to children with autism).

All the methodology and material used have been validated by Hospital Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona (Spain) and by a psychologist specialized in working with children in the autistic spectrum.

It has been developed during the MSc in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona as the Final Thesis of the Master, 2016-2017.

Keywords:
affective technology, wearables, children, autism, embodied cognition, interaction design