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Ambient Life

This project involves various phone prototypes that breathe and pulsate. It explores life-like status signs.

As human beings, we are inherently trained in the perception of life-like signals. It may therefore be worthwhile to investigate such signals as a means of status display for mobile phones, which currently only communicate with us through beeps and vibration bursts.

The common relationship to our mobile phones is already a close one. This project exaggerates this circumstance, by proposing a permanently active, yet subtle, tactile impulse as a status display: A calm pulse that represents a status of »no missed calls, no missed text messages, and a sufficient niveau of battery and reception« and, respectively, an excited pulse that issues the phone's need for attention. The project involves a number of breathing and pulsating prototypes.