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      Designing for the Impossible: Creating a mobile application to track time dilation


      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      7 & 9 July 2015

      Interaction design, Time, Temporality, Visualisation, User experience, Usability, Making

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          In this paper we discuss the development of TimeTravel, a mobile application for tracking personal time dilation. Time dilation is the relativistic warping effect on time that velocity and gravity produces. Predicted by Einstein’s Special theory of relativity (1905) and verified by practical experiment, (Hafele and Keating 1972) time dilation affects all things in motion, anywhere in the Universe (Reinhardt 2007). Our project was to develop a simple application aimed at smart watches that could communicate the imperceptible effects of time dilation on a user’s everyday activities in an easy to understand, meaningful way. We describe the development and consider what happens when we attempt to visualise the imperceptible

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                July 2015
                July 2015
                : 106-112
                Creative Technologies Lab

                University of the West of England

                Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, UK
                The PatchingZone


                The Netherlands
                © Daniel Buzzo et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2015, UK

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                Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2015)
                London, UK
                7 & 9 July 2015
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
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