Proxemic Devices

Animate Mobiles

A phone with body language. Sits, stands, stays.
How do we

interact with technology that can communicate body language? This project explored a future vision of shape-changing devices that actively use body language to express relational aspects of the interaction. The devices react to different users, spaces and situations, with behavior ranging from shy to curious.

For example, imagine your phone could demonstrate excitement to see you. Or annoyance that you’re bothering it again. Which leads into the much bigger question: What kind of relationship do we want to have with the technology we use?

Watch my talk at TEDxBerlin to learn more about my research into the issue.