Tai Chi contains meditative movements. These are slow, coordinated movements that help you become aware of bodily sensations, which creates a relaxed and focused state.

This human drone interaction experience uses the narrative of a floating lotus flower taken from a vine. The user learns that following the lotus with coordinated movements brings it under their control. Leading the “lotus” with slow movements keeps it under their control.

This work contributes towards design strategies for the facilitation of meditative movement using drones, ultimately contributing to human-drone interactions that go further than simply facilitating awareness of, but develop a person’s appreciation of bodily sensations that come from moving.

Publications

La Delfa, J., Wichtowski, O., Baytas, M., Khot, R., Mueller, F. Are Drones Meditative? CHI 2019. Interactivity. ACM. Video.

La Delfa, J., Jarvis, R., Khot, R., Mueller, F. Tai Chi In The Clouds: Using Micro UAVs To Support Tai Chi Practice. CHI PLAY 2018.Work-in-progress. ACM. Talk video.

Acknowledgements

We thank the UAV team at RMIT University for their support and everyone who helped with the video and the development as well as the design.