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”.
Here is our process:
These are our “Notes to Self” - the guidelines we used for ideating and creating these devices…
About the Intent:
Our intent is to build a database and a universe, adding to it every week. Sometimes the devices will be completely new and sometimes they will be responses to or derivatives of devices that have come before. The result will be 120 Inquisitive Device ideas.
About the pace:
We will be working fast. This will be challenging but will push us in a good way to become more efficient with our ideation, prototyping, and documentation. We will work cleanly and thoroughly so we don’t need to go back and redocument things later. This means not everything will be perfect and many things will be ridiculous. We will push to complete and upload things on time so that we can maintain our desired pace.
About the prototypes:
These are demonstrations and physical instantiations of our ideas. They can be a device that you came up with yourself or one that was invented by someone else. Their primary purpose is to show what is in our head in a form that can be touched and sometimes worn. They do not need to use the actual technology but they should allow us to imagine it. The look is really important. Feel free to make them very obvious so they can clearly communicate the idea. This can be accomplished through color, material, size, etc.
We will use photos or video to better explain the story. Every prototype will be documented with a human or humans using it. We will document them from the third person. No selfies.Back to the devices.