Although mobile phones have made people feel more connected to each other, they do not represent any special human relationships in an aesthetic way. Starting from this sceptical view and observation of people’s habits, such as saying “where are you?” when they first speak on the mobile phone, I have become interested in the very problematic issue of whether the mobile device is a surveillance tool or a digital leash. Could it be turned into a source for creating an alternative means of communication which delivers a more poetic and aesthetic experience between people who are very close?
This mobile device does not have any verbal communication side, but has only GPS function. This measures the distance between two people in real-time, and then converts it to the time it takes for them to meet each other by either transport or time unit. A relative compass is hidden under the digit display. The centre of the compass always indicates the user’s position and its needle indicates the other side’s direction.
The Internet Comment section, one aspect of the popular democratic communication system, contains plenty of casual gossip, some truthful. In celebrity culture, it also acts as a barometer of reputation. Many celebrities are obsessed with how much press they receive or with the nature of such content. Depending on the situation and personality, the comment delivers pleasure or extreme fear. Meanwhile, many Social Networks and Blogs have made ordinary people themselves reputation-obsessed, too.
How do we deal with this obsession and interact with such informal and fluctuating data? Can the sub-data be collected to form a kind of personal-data souvenir?
A two-layered object reads aloud each comment taken from the Internet in real-time. The object allows the user to recognise current ‘comment traffic’ first. When the user’s curiosity is alerted by an abstract sound, they can slide out the upper layer object to discover the details.
Design Interactions, RCA