The project objective was to create a smart object within the category of socializing. When it comes to socialization, the world is saturated with a plethora of avenues to broadcast, connect, converse, follow, and collect. It is a world of quantity...what about quality?
Speech Bubble carves out a quiet space for one-on-one, quality conversations amongst all of the noise. Two over-sized hoods are combined to create a sound-proof bubble, free from distraction, and in which the users are compelled to make eye contact--all elements that enable intimate conversation.
The hoods are activated through a pulse sensor that is clipped to the ear. The sensor triggers two servo motors that lift the hood. The sensor then interprets the heart rate of the user and prompts an RGB LED, which lights up according to the emotional state of the user; blue indicates a calm state and red indicates a state of excitement or nervousness.
Speech Bubble is a speculative product that calls attention to our broadcast culture and provides a playful design suggestion. Speech Bubble was designed in collaboration with Willy Chan and Alex Todaro for the class, Smart Objects taughtby interaction designer, Carla Diana.