Thanks for the feedback.

The Subtle Stones (the tangible devices) were developed by Madeline Balaam as 
part of her PhD research, and were originally designed to be used by secondary 
school students in language learning classes.  She went through a careful 
process of learner-centred design before arriving at the final prototype: more 
details can be found in her thesis: 


When designing the desktop application, we incorporated features that arose 
from the empirical work carried out with the Subtle Stones (e.g. ability to 
record more than one emotion simultaneously, report on degrees of emotion, 
etc.) into the design.  However, I would be the first to admit that the 
application would have benefited from more development time and a more thorough 
round of user testing.

We are now using a variation of the Subtle Stones in a study with families who 
have children with Autism Spectrum Conditions, given the multiple difficulties 
the children often experience with respect to emotion (e.g. recognising 
emotions in themselves and others, acting on emotions in appropriate ways, 
etc.).  Although the devices worked well in the classroom, they are presenting 
some problems "in the wild", e.g. batteries run out quickly, are a pain for 
family members to change and, as one child said, "They look like they should 
bounce, but they don't." ;-)  

Although I feel that the idea behind the devices is well worth exploring, the 
actual format of the devices is still completely open, so thank you for your 
thoughts on improving them!


On 20 Feb 2013, at 00:18, Raoul Duke wrote:

>> Self-Reporting emotional experiences in computing lab sessions: an emotional 
>> regulation perspective
>> Judith Good, Jon Rimmer, Eric Harris and Madeline Balaam
> i'm curious how the 2 devices for recording emotional state were
> thought up - i had immediate reactions, thoughts about what i
> off-the-cuff (subjective, unresearched) see as negative issues with
> them and ideas about what would be better. of course it often depends
> on what resources are available, both for the physical in-hand device
> and the software one.
> overall the hair-brained vision i have in my head is a set of cubes,
> with a rudimentary motion sensor inside. emoticons on the faces.
> multiple cubes to allow for multiple dimensions.
> sincerely.
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