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.
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?
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.Prototype
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.
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.
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.Prototype
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.Prototype
Communal tables designed with “traps” so as to direct people at the tables into nudging each other as they position themselve.
A payment system contained in contact lenses which enables you to pay through eye contact with your server.
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.
Free to use umbrellas that can only be held open by two individuals.
Alternative mode for the “Hot Sides” enabling the wearer to express interest with trepidation.
Get to know a new friends with this mischievous, only mildly untrustworthy AI which will insert questions into conversation.
Creates a field around an individual in order to make others feel uncomfortable and want to take a step or two back.
A high visibility suit specifically designed to communicate across condo balconies to people in nearby condos.
When tensions rise in communal living situations the smallest of clutter can be a major point of tension. So, remove them with clutter blinds.
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.
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.
Undulating waves of your shirts move and shift as you become more or less comfortable with a situation, context or conversation.
Passive, long distance communication between two individuals.
Lapel Pin which screams when you become upset enough with someone around you.
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.
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.
translate geographical accents and saying for better understanding within people who speak the same language in very very different ways.
Set the enthusiasm level and receive a shock every time the device feels you’ve surpassed it.
Announces your presence and allows you to set the mood when you do so.
Sense a constant vibration in the direction of the nearest exit. acts as comfort for those with anxiety or fear.
highly technical snowsuit which takes in your gesture and outputs the language to describe the feelings behind said gesture.
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.
A year long moodring which allows you to summarize the last year in a single colour of the necklace.
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.
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.
Clothing which is seen to be a different level of revealing depending on who is looking.
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.
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.
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.
Press a small button and it will send out a signal to nearby friends when you need support.