USING A NEW WATER SENSING DEVICE TO DESIGN A NOVEL INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION FOR PRACTICING CONCENTRATION TO OBTAIN FLOW EXPERIENCES
Many interactive systems for conveying messages have been created recently, while the concept of flow experience that enhances the efficacy of people’s activities via self-concentration has long been proposed. A novel interactive installation system is designed for a participant to practice concentration to obtain flow experiences. Precise water pouring into the system is adopted as the interactive process for practicing mind concentration. Persistent concentration and precise hand control are required to complete the watering process, and a water sensing device is designed to decide whether the watering action is successful. The system was evaluated by questionnaire surveys and expert interviews, revealing the following findings that prove the effectiveness of the proposed system: 1) the man-machine interaction provided by the system is innovative and interesting; 2) the immediate feedbacks of the system help a participant concentrate in mind; 3) the interactive watering process allows the participant to obtain the flow experience.
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