By Ultan O'Broin-Oracle on Apr 24, 2016
We know that user experience (UX) is increasingly an emotional concept and we need to design accordingly.
UX is about how people feel about using applications. User experience design also enables us to express emotion too: Just look at the growth in popularity of emoji for example.
Here’s another emotional design feature I like: the Digital Touch capability on the Apple Watch that lets you share your own very heartbeat with another Apple Watch user. Not only does the person selected from your contact list see your heartbeat, but as it’s a haptic alert, they get to feel it too!
As someone who travels a lot on business and is away from a young son, I love this heartbeat feature. It makes me feel close to someone who is in reality very far away.
Although being a Skype Dad doesn’t really cut as a way to stay in touch with my son, this little “in the moment” and deeply personal digital expression of my emotion helps me feel much better when away. It really means a lot to me.
It’s such a warm feeling to see and feel my son’s heartbeat on my wrist in return.