Racti & Ystem where build as exemplars for multimodal interaction. We decided to redesign a mobile phone into a design where more senses could be stimulated and where one could possibly be engaged with more modalities. Instead of using a phone list, physical representations are used for contacts. If you would like to call someone, you could hover over one of the phoneys with the handheld device. Sound and light are used as feedback when you are making a call. Sound and light are also used at the other end to notify a subject about a call. If this person is willing to accept the call, he or she could hover the handheld device above the phoney. An electromagnet then pulls both phoneys towards their handheld devices and a physical connection is established. If either one would like to end the call, he or she could just pull of the phoney from the handheld and at the other end the phoney would then just fall off.

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