This paper explores a speculative design for an infant swing based on breath attunement. There are challenges for working parents to juggle, such as working from home and taking care of an infant, especially when infants want to be physically close to the parent. This design explores how a swing can be adaptable to subtle, dynamic changes in the parent that can soothe the infant while allowing the parent to be more hands-free. These dynamic changes include the use of breath sensors on the parent to change the rhythm of the swing, while also creating shifting amplifications of environmental sounds, as though they were being carried by the parent through the home. This work particularly explores qualities of movement and rhythm as key components of comfort for infants in their parent’s arms. Results of this paper include design sketches and a usability evaluation of a smartphone interface, as a speculative approach to designing embodied interactions between parent-child relationships.
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