Chen An


Does holding on to the mantra "distance makes the heart grow fonder" begin to give you some doubts? If you are troubled by your long distance relationship, you are not alone. According to, "an estimated 2.9% of US marriages were considered long distance, with 1 in 10 marriages reported to have included a period at long distance within the first 3 years. Between 25-40% of all romantic relationships among students attending colleges across the US are Long Distances. " Every day on the planet, millions of people have no choice but to deal with being miles apart from their loved ones. LDRs (long distance relationship) are currently a big problem that need to be solved. This problem contains two major elements: 1. Emotional--LDRs are not static; misperceptions about the status of your relationship and each other can arise if you don't communicate regularly. 2. Physical--A solid relationship can break down by a lack of physical dimension. So my goal of design is creating a more comfortable and easy way to communicate and help long distance couples have a healthier relationship.

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Haptic devices--Design and construction; Long-distance relationships--Psychological aspects; User interfaces (Computer systems)--Design and construction

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School of Design (CIAS)


Rickel, Stan


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