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Sharing is Caring!

A Design Fiction approach to staying connected

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Academic

 

Design Fiction is a fun and engaging approach to critical thinking and design. Part of my Critical and Cultural Computing course, this project aims to shed light on an alternative way of staying connected through a slow-sharing interactive system. I explore how sharing images, videos and texts in a meaningful way could become an alternative to instant sharing we experience today.

 
 
 
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Design Process

 

I designed a tangible system which allows people to share information, in the form of images, videos and text, with others whom have previously exchanged phone numbers. 

The system has a sender and a receiver end. Both people know one another as they would need each others phone numbers saved on their cell phones. The sender would be able to record and share images, videos and text to individuals or a group of selected people using their  phone number.

 
 
 Storyboarding

Storyboarding

 
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 Components

 

The design consists of the followings:

Necklace (with a recording lens Pendant) | Cellphone (any cellphone which could access saved contact information) Receiver collection box (containing individualized information lenses, RGB Filters) | Viewing Glass | Memory Book

 
 
 
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1|Necklace: [Creating a daily fashion statement]

The Necklace holds a recording lens pendent. The lens would start to fill with Red, Blue or Green depending on the type of info the owner is recording. The lens could only hold a finite amount of information and would last only a day, whether or not it has been shared.  

 
 
 

Red button: record video | Blue button: capture image | Green button: record audio (which would be transcribed into text) | Plane buttons: connecting the lens to a cell phone to access the phonebook and choose the type of information (image, video, text)

 
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2|Cellphone: [Reducing the necessity of having a smartphone]

Once the owner decides to share the content of the lens, by pressing one of the plain buttons on the neckless, the lens would access the owners cellphones’ phonebook and by selecting individual or groups, the information could be shared.

3|Receiver’s collection box:

 The receiver’s box, holds lenses which are unique to a person, as it has a special barcode on the rim. Once an information is shared, the barcode reader, on the lens holder, identifies the sender and an LED would light up. If a lens has not been seen after a day, the information it consists would be automatically deleted. 

 
 
 
 

The information lenses have two sets of memories; Short term memory and long term memory.  The short term memory is valid only for a day. On the left compartment, there are slots for the lens to have its information saved to long term memory. This feature would compress the information and save it on the lens. [Encouraging to reserve carefully and selectively]

 
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4|Viewing Glasses: 

The glasses allow the receiver to view the information. Since there are three types of color coded data displayed on the lens, color filters are available to be placed on the glasses. This would allow filtering the other two type of data and displaying only the type which correlates to the filter color. 

 
 
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5|Memory Book: [Promoting the notion of reminiscing]

Finally, once a person is no longer active in the cycle, the receiver may want to save the persons previous memories and store the lenses separately. The memory book only stories the long term memories and they are no longer connected to receive any information. 

 
 
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