Inquisitive Devices are (mostly) wearable communication tools that use materials, sculptural form, and embedded electronic components to explore possible, probable, and fantastic futures of body-based communication systems. They speak to the needs and longings not currently represented in existing device culture. They are design probes that look towards the future but do not try to create or predict it. They are physicalized “What Ifs”. Read more...

#1 Viewing Angle Extender

The opposite of privacy glass. Shares the context of your small screen with whoever is sitting proximate to you.

#2 Shared Sleeper Pillow

For overnight flights. Instead of avoiding falling asleep on the person next to you, help to prop each other up!

#3 Random Eye Contact Initiator / Averter

AKA Computer-Guided Googly Eye Glasses An eye position scrambler. For the shy in can help to initiate eye contact to aid in human connection. For the overly curious or empathetic, helps to keep one out of other people’s business.

#4 Stay With The Moment Shoes

Senses when two people are “having a moment”, either side by side or face to face. When a “moment” is detected shoe soles increase stickiness by 1000%, encouraging wearers to linger and absorb.

#5 Porcupine Vest

A shape-shifting garment. Release quills to increase your spatial footprint.

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#6 Hand Holders

Thick fingerless gloves with memory foam padded palms for sincere but less intimate hand holding.

#7 Facial Expression Filter Shield

Reveals or obscures facial expressions depending on desired level of transparency.

#8 Sit Still Shrug

Like a weighted vest. Has the feel of a lead x-ray vest. Gets two to settle down and breathe.

#9 Phantom Footsteps

Feel first hand when another is in motion.

#10 Eyebrow Extender

Facial expression extension technology. Serves to amplify messages delivered via visage.

#11 Synchronized heart implants

Keep a little bit of your loved one with you at all times. This would be an implant which has some external visual element which synchronized the heart beat between two humans. I imagine it as a progression of the wedding ring.

#12 Cuddle Tech

Line of clothing and implements to interact with digital communication [empathetic email, snuggle for Skype conversations, cradle for phone conversations with your child, a fluffy collar for your private conversation with your loved one] I imagine these devices as assistive design pieces which would not necessarily incorporate technology but reimagine how you interact with the device through which you communicate with people. Could an email sending sympathy be more meaningful if you were able to embrace the computer as you sent it?

#13 Mind reading Nubbins

Stream of conscious streaming service: it’s like live journal but potentially more embarrassing, The audience will be televised. Allows those that follow you to be privy to your thoughts at any given moment in the day. Choose from hundreds of voices to read your thoughts to those that tune into you channel.

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#14 Enhanced haptic feedback loop of touch

Creates haptic feedback when you touch another person. enabling you to experience the way in which you physically interact with another. Allowing you to understand the strength, and possible perceived intention of your touch, allowing you to not only obtain more physical sensation through your own touch but also, rethink possible unwarranted physical interactions.

#15 Something to help to more politely display frustration levels

A device which would subtly broadcast your discomfort or frustration at a situation. I imagine it might be able to take the form of a high pitched frequency which would allow others to feel the discomfort you’re experiencing.

#16 Jewellery For a Collective Ritual Experience

This jewellery would be synced across devices to the time each batch was finished production. At that time everyday each device would notify its user of it’s time and engage the group in a small action which allows the user to take comfort in the knowledge of each other person engaging in the same collective ritual experience as well as the production of the piece as a whole.

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#17 Have you heard yourself lately

Third person simulation for better communication. This would be a type of AR in which you could switch you vision to a third person perspective, allows yourself to get a change in perspective.

#18 Facial Filter

Sometimes being an open book is too much. This allows you to project a more neutral face, enabling you to adjust transparency and reveal your emotions at a more restrained rate so as not to put off those you are conversing with.

#19 Self Care Fitness Tracker

For saying yes to yourself Is self care a hard thing to manage? do you get bogged down in responsibility? Get this and get rewarded for saying yes to yourself. Recite an affirmation, get a $5 starbucks gift card!

#20 Adblocker for Breakups

Blocking an ex on FB not enough. allow yourself to program event, locations times or dates out of your life by simply noting them on a calendar and blurry them out of your vision forever. Use the “get over it” feature as a time delayed remission of these locations, set a priority rating for their reintegration into your life and rest easy that your emotional connections are completely under your control.

#21 Human Dots

Two torcs that track the position of multiple other people wearing them on small vibrotactile 180 degree displays. Both vertical and horizontal position is tracked. Letting you know if someone is above, below or in which direction. But not being able to know who. Possibly learning to discern by recalling patterns of movement.

#22 Inani-visor

A set of sophisticated blinders that detect non-living motion (things that are moving but are not registering the same amount of IR heat) Allowing you to hide your features, as well as hyper focus on the nearest human to you.

#23 Reality Checker

An exclusive device for VR inhabitants. Sits on the head, and using a rotating lidar, motion sensor and microphone shows what is happening outside of virtual reality. (Are there people nearby, are things moving toward you.) Has a pixel display that sends out messages if someone is near. Like "I am engaged in a very important conversation right now" and "please call back in virtual reality" also "Out for a walk."

#24 Awk Chirp

A necklace that detects an awkward moment of silence and plays a peppy upbeat (and likely out of place) melody that is /bound/ to bring a smile to one's face!

#25 Ad-rattler

"When ads encroach upon your territory, warn them the old fashioned way!" A camera situated on your body that tracks the concentration of advertisements in the area. If it reaches a certain point a rattlesnake like sound is created mechanically to inform those around you of your displeasure.

#26 Arm-e Talk-e

A gauntlet that acts as a receiver and transmitter of IR signals. Allowing the user to send their hand gestures to another person who wears the same device. As this is IR they have to be within view of each other (or at least the gauntlets do.) The upper arm portion consists of motors that constrain five evenly spaced rings. These act as feedback for what the other's fingers are doing. Allowing for fast (with practice) silent local communication.

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#27 Morphing Hood

A hood with a lighting system inside of it. It can be worn up to provide illumination for whatever you are facing, or worn down to turn off. It can also be split in half via a zipper and draped flat to the front and to the back. Providing visibility.

#28 Grounding

Using live satellite and plane data these shoe inserts nudge you when an object is directly overhead. Letting you feel the movements of the human built sky and our strive for communication.

#29 Plug, Sway, Sleep

A pair of devices that each has a unique 'voice' (audiovisual) but will only express if the wearers plug them together and dance to the output. Eventually the straps holding it will release and the two connected wearables will slide to the floor and lull each other to sleep.

#30 Net-meter

Instead of connecting directly to WiFi this device lets you see your own network traffic. The device connects to the network, while you connect to it. It shows incoming and outgoing connections and data volumes. The visualization is accomplished via led lighting.

#31 Squeeze box

A small box placed on a busy street. Occasionally the box begins sending out distress signals only to be calmed when two passerbys stand and hold it for 5 minutes.

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#32 Footsie Full

Communal tables designed with “traps” so as to direct people at the tables into nudging each other as they position themselve.

#33 iPaid

A payment system contained in contact lenses which enables you to pay through eye contact with your server.

#34 Quiet Signal:

A small lapel pin which begins to pulse when you are wanting a quiet moment, to think, or meditate. Even in crowds. Signals you’re fine just feeling quiet at the moment.

#35 Plur-umbrella:

Free to use umbrellas that can only be held open by two individuals.

#36 Hug Wings

Enveloping sleeves - help the other person to feel safe

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#37 Eye Contact Maintainer

A physical structure enable two people to extend their shared gaze

#38 La La La Phones

Ear bugs that pop out into a puff ball and make sounds in response to trigger words. Meant to avoid particular topics of conversation.

#39 Voice Flipper

Makes adults sound like kids and vice versa. For improved intergenerational conversation.

#40 Light Touch

Worn on the arm, simple touch transposed over distance.

#41 Disconnect Button

Scrambles communication connection between two people to create a sense of longing.

#42 Heavy Heart Scale

Reflects the weight of a person’s woes and makes it evident when you look at them

#43 Strength Indicator

Laser beams indicate strength of connection between two people through number and brightness

#44 Unspoken Words

Textual analysis correspondence indicates words that would commonly be associated with this grouping but are not present

#45 Lead Shoes

Based on someone else’s fitness tracker data, the less they move the more anchored you are

#46 Tea Room.

A pair of wearable overcoats that can connect to each other to create a private space with desired ambiance. (Light + Sound)

#47 Locat

Haptic feedback cuff that tells you when you are standing exactly where someone else wearing it stood before.

#48 Screamer

A set of directional speakers embedded in a jacket that allow for high fidelity reproduction of sound. i.e. Projecting sound behind you “This is the police! … “ to scare a thief. Or Projecting a reminder in front of you.

#49 Hard Shell

A set of hard pads that protect the wearer. But if someone they trust is alone in the room with them the pads soften and conform to the body.

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#50 Tool Belt

A set of two or more belts that know and can inform all wearers of the tools available on other belts.

#51 Conversation

Detects higher volume, emotional speech and tones it down.

#52 Push

Two exoskeletons that lock arms with each other and return the force of your push back to you, and vice versa.

#53 Mood Projector

A pair of cuffs that are worn by two different people which will transform based on the others current mood.

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#54 PowerShare

An exoskeleton that transforms kinetic energy into stored battery power. But the battery can only be used by its partner suit. Allows people to keep each other’s training in check.

#55 Experience

Records experiences and tags them, but provides recall only to a paired device. Whenever the paired device sees/hears something already tagged it will display/play that back.

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#56 Secret Handshake Validator

Lights up green if you did it right! (Electrocutes you if you didn’t?)

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#57 Scrambler

A gasmask like apparatus that allows two people to speak and understand each other. But creates random noise via speakers to prevent everyone from even trying to listen in.

#58 Aug(s)

Worn non-proportional heads and arms that use underlying AI to discuss and argue with each other when they meet. Removing the necessity for noisy conversation between individuals. (But really providing much amusement.)

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#59 Quantifier

A device that remembers proportions and aspects of objects held or grasped. Allows for ‘playback’ of this data. “The fish was *Actually* this long!”

#60 Tactile

Gloves that amplify the feeling of surface qualities to be more intense (not in a linear way, more internally noticeable (hot doesn’t go to burning etc)) A way to make more tactile and memorable physical interactions between people.

#61 State

A worn display that allows the wearer to leave specific messages on their body. As well as an automatically generated map of the wearer's physiological state.

#62 Stripables

Garments that have removable or additional parts that can be shared with those that need them. (For extra warmth etc.)

#63 Protest

A set of amplified speakers that will amplify the wearer's voice proportionally to how many people are holding hands together and speaking.

#64 Puppet Puppet

A pair of arm covering garments that mirror each other's movement. (One has to relax or struggle to take over)

#65 Debate

A device that projects arguments, points and evidence in the space between two people debating.

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#66 Auto Empathizer

A device that physically covers the heart. Sits directly against the skin.Set to reflect what another person is feeling. Mechanisms include warmth, prickers, swirling massagers, fluffy bits, and feathers.

Prototype

#67 Cheek Burner

Cheek covering that warms when someone else blushes or feels embarrassment or shame.

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#68 Hot Sides

The side of your body warms and your clothes shift color when you are adjacent to someone you are attracted to.

#69 Interactions/Environmental Control Panel

A wrist-based device used to control your availability for social interactions as well as your engagement with your environment. These input values are gathered using a microcontroller and transmitted by Bluetooth Low Energy to a neural guidance device that is yet to be developed.

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#70 Collective Spirometer

A device that incentives a group of people to breathe deeply in unison.

#71 Kicker Corset

A set of belts for a couple, one with sensors one with actuators. Monitors belly and back on a pregnant person. Transposes sensation of baby kicks as well as well as lower back pain and other aches to non-pregnant partner.

#72 Flash Vests

Transpose hot flashes from someone who is experiencing menopause to everyone else in the room who is not. Temperature sensors, radios, heaters.

#73 Forget-Me-Somes

A program that causes digital correspondence with other people to decompose as the time since you have communicated with them increases.Voicemails become garbled and faint. Text messages and emails blur and fade until they disappear.

#74 Solitude Chamber

A beautiful pod to sit in that blocks all cell signals and radio frequencies. For some quality time with yourself.

#75 Time Out

Mutes conversation between people to allow time for introspection.

#76 Tentative Interest

Alternative mode for the “Hot Sides” enabling the wearer to express interest with trepidation.

#77 Questionable Support

Get to know a new friends with this mischievous, only mildly untrustworthy AI which will insert questions into conversation.

#78 I Need Some Space Suit

Creates a field around an individual in order to make others feel uncomfortable and want to take a step or two back.

#79 Cross Condo Body Language

A high visibility suit specifically designed to communicate across condo balconies to people in nearby condos.

#80 Clutter Blinds

When tensions rise in communal living situations the smallest of clutter can be a major point of tension. So, remove them with clutter blinds.

#81 Free Time

glanceable data as to whether 5 close people in your life are available, soon to be, busy or available for a short time. 5 LED use colors to convey availability, brightness of the LED equates to proximity.

#82 Repetitive Story Repeater

A database short illustrated stories which reside in a heads up display, enabling conversations to be inserted with comic strips and decreasing the annoyance or time spent repeating anecdotal stories to groups or individuals.

#83 Discomfort Display

Undulating waves of your shirts move and shift as you become more or less comfortable with a situation, context or conversation.

#84 24/7time

Passive, long distance communication between two individuals.

#85 F*ck Off!

Lapel Pin which screams when you become upset enough with someone around you.

#86 One Seeing Eye

An eyepatch that has an embedded camera for another to see through. But blinds the wearer in that eye.

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#87 Pair Programming

A performative set of two body suits. That have standard keys of the keyboard as pads on them. Each pad can only be actuated by another suit-wearing person. With careful contortions of their bodies they have to live code a program.

#88 Hiding Pocket

A bag that always remains out of sight from the nearest person. Trust noone!

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#89 Anticipators

A set of devices that each detect a small subset of pollutants/harmful substances but are networked and notify all wearers if one wearer is in proximity to them.

#90 Serpentskin

A coat that falls off and tries to put itself on others.

#91 Hand-trap

When two people shake hands this bracer attempts to bind their hands forever.

#92 Through

A device that mirrors touch other side of the body.

#93 Tea Pack

Backpack brewing station that lets others make you a cup of tea!

#94 Texture Boot

Two pairs of shoes that mirror the texture of the ground beneath them.

#95 Haircontrol

Adjusts the length/style of hair based on where and with whom you are.

#96 Sleep Presence

a bed which produces an imprint in response to a matching bed. Allows partners to feel presence in bed without bothersome snoring, noises, fidgeting etc.

#97 Doge Device

Allows your dog to send you signals in response to their posture. Embedded in a handkerchief around their neck. Now you can sense you dog from long distances and monitor their movement while you’re out.

#98 Colloquial Translation

translate geographical accents and saying for better understanding within people who speak the same language in very very different ways.

#99 Enthusiasm Filter

Set the enthusiasm level and receive a shock every time the device feels you’ve surpassed it.

#100 Entrance Music

Announces your presence and allows you to set the mood when you do so.

#101 Exit Strategy

Sense a constant vibration in the direction of the nearest exit. acts as comfort for those with anxiety or fear.

#102 Language of Gesture

highly technical snowsuit which takes in your gesture and outputs the language to describe the feelings behind said gesture.

#103 Name Tagged

RFID enabled name tagging for those that are horrible at remembering names. just casually swipe your phone next to the chip and receive the other user’s name on your screen. Beats asking awkwardly what their name is because you don’t remember.

#104 Year In Review

A year long moodring which allows you to summarize the last year in a single colour of the necklace.

#105 Mutual Friend Meter

A shirt which displays through an LED meter the approx. number of mutual friends you have. Usefully for random meetings and deciding if this human is one you should interact with and in what manner you should.

#106 politically awkward notice

looks like an elastic band but has a small motor on the underside of the wrist to alert the wearer when they’ve stepped into a politically awkward or uncomfortable conversation.

#107 Selectively revealing clothing

Clothing which is seen to be a different level of revealing depending on who is looking.

#108 The Roommate is In

A type of spatial as well as emotional wayfinding for your house. Display who is home, where their room is and whether they are interested in having company or busy.

#109 Small Talk Blinds

don’t want to engage those around you in smalltalk? these blinders with engage them for you until the conversation gets interesting and you’d like to return.

#110 “Nope”

Pin which allows those you are meeting to know when you’ve made a sorely wrong assumption about them without you having to correct them.

#111 Facebook Filter

Reads, analyzes, sorts FB content. Views include Baby Channel, Funny Internet Shit, Complaining, Broadcasting, Serious/Significant Life Moments

#112 Knee-to-Knee

Pants with velcro that allows people to attach at the knees.

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#113 Intimacy Tentacles

Physical, visual indicator that two people are locked in an intimate exchange and should not be disrupted.

#114 Brush Off

Kinetic feather-laden chest piece that raises to create a gentle space or boundary.

#115 Extenda-bench

A bench that automatically elongates to accommodate additional people without seating.

#116 Trust Ranker

A reordering of contacts for times of need.

#117 Embracer Suit

Suits covered in velcro to allow for prolonged secure embracing.

#118 Emotional Support Beacon

Press a small button and it will send out a signal to nearby friends when you need support.

#119 UGH Amplifier

Amplifies frustration so it can be heard and seen by others.

#120 Lockable

3D printing pauldrons that make interconnecting shapes. They will make unique shapes only when two are together, and these shapes won't interconnect with anyone else.