Inside your heart, outside the world.

Searching Inspirations3: Liaison Ceramic/ Plastic/Paper

Liaison is a set of pair of interactive houses using different materials (ceramic, paper, plexiglass) to keep in touch with someone you find special in a more poetic way, designed by Erika Rossi, Maria Chiara Toncich and Kui Wang. For ceramic house, people show their presence by putting a lighting candle onto the roof of house, and the house in another end will light up to tell the people that their friends are around. Blowing out the candle means you are not accessible. For plastic one, people can shake the house, which will synchronize the motion at the other end to show they are thinking of you. For the paper one, the light will flicker when someone blows the light at another end, dynamically sharing the moment of two people.

Liaison ceramic from ADAA Gallery on Vimeo.

Liaison plastic from ADAA Gallery on Vimeo.

Liaison paper from ADAA Gallery on Vimeo.

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Searching Inspirations2- Pantio

An Interactive Pot to Augment Plantsʼ Expressions “Plantio” realizes hybridization between plants and electronic computing systems,  and creates an intimanate relationship between human and plants. Plantio represents plantsʼ biopotentials changed by surroundings,  and it makes various expressions according to daily interactions with human.



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Flexinol Nitinol Actuator Wire(Shape-memory alloy)

A shape-memory alloy (SMA, smart metal, memory metal, memory alloy, muscle wire, smart alloy) is an alloy that “remembers” its original, cold-forged shape: returning the pre-deformed shape by heating. This material is a lightweight, solid-state alternative to conventional actuators such as hydraulic, pneumatic, and motor-based systems. Shape-memory alloys have applications in industries including medical and aerospace.

Piezo Film:

Piezoelectric Film is an enabling transducer technology with unique capabilities. Piezo Film produces voltage in proportion to compressive or tensile mechanical stress or strain, making it an ideal dynamic strain gage. It makes a highly reliable, low-cost vibration sensor, accelerometer or dynamic switch element. Piezo Film is also ideally suited for high fidelity transducers operating throughout the high audio (>1kHz) and ultrasonic (up to 100MHz) ranges.

Here is a link regarding with some material and electronics:

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Pillow Talk – Sleep next to your loved one, even when you’re far way

The Pillow Talk design consists of two wirelessly connected pillows and two chest straps. When one part of the pair lies down on their pillow, the other pillow emits a soft glow to alert the other partner to their presence. Each partner attaches the chest strap to his or her body when turning in for the night so their heartbeat can be transmitted to their beloved. Inside each pillow is a thin panel containing the control circuit, speakers and a small light. The speaker allows each partner to hear their lover’s heartbeat while cuddling up to the pillow at night, simulating the comfort and relaxation that we feel when spending our sleeping hours next to the person we love.

This beautiful product designed by Interaction Design student Joanna Montgomery is aiming to support the couples separated by any amount of distance to feel as though they are still right where they should be: together.



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inTouch by MIT Tangible Media Group

“inTouch” is a medium that enables users, who are separated from each other by distance, to communicate through touch. Specifically, force-feedback technology is employed to makes the users feel as if they are operating a shared physical object. The idea behind inTouch is to create the illusion that two people, separated by distance, are interacting with a shared physical object, developing the metaphor of a single physical object that exists in multiple places at once.


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An interesting way to visualize the message

The use of online social networks – such as Facebook and Twitter – connect us with everyone yet at the same time leads to a loss of intimate connections between close friendships and other relationships. While the nature of these networks facilitate surface level communication, K.I.T enables deeper communication through better expressing emotions.  Emotion is important for everyday social interaction and brings value and life to communication.  K.I.T is a set of interactive, tangible, objects that allow users to physically express their emotions. The users’ emotions are shared on a visual online network that is private and represents emotional histories over time. The aim is to reconnect close relationships and provide better emotional health, support, and awareness.

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This is a final year project of a student. The device is called Keepin Touch, which can connect four people at the same time.  When you miss someone, just press the certain area, and the distant user can touch the device to check if someone has sent him some warmth.


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