EmotoCouch: An exploration in interactive furniture

Established: September 13, 2014

EmotoCouch is a prototype exploring how furniture could be augmented as part of a smart home. It uses lights, patterns, and haptics to explore possibilities for interactive furniture. Specifically, EmotoCouch was designed to explore how effectively furniture could convey a range of emotions to people around it.


We used the Circumplex model of emotion to identify six emotions to covey that span the range of valence and arousal (see below). Based on initial studies and the literature, we picked colours, patterns and haptic signals to represent them.


For more details on the working prototype and research findings, please refer to the video and publications listed below.







The EmotoCouch prototype uses two Microsoft Research platforms which are publicly available:

LoT-hero-redB Lab of Things (LoT) is a flexible platform for experimental research that uses connected devices in homes and beyond.

gadgeteer Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer is a hardware prototyping platform using C# and Visual Studio.