Dephone

Dephone | 2012

Diploma project. Master of Arts – Media Design.
Tutors: Auger / Loizeau and Douglas Edric Stanley.

Smartphones have spread into our daily lives. Their multifunctionality monopolizes the attention and contributes to the addiction of users. Everyday behaviors have changed considerably and now people sharing the same space interact less (physically) with each other.
This project is a critical reflection on this reality and an exploration of new types of interaction.
The goal is to neutralize the smartphone inside a “cage” and redistribute its functions into objects around the house. Those objects are designed to occupy free architectural spaces and become part of the house. The information is presented in an abstract and simpler way. Through LEDs, sound or mechanical movements users can “read” information such as the number of hours left to sleep, the unread mails, the passage of the bus, the activity on facebook or ebay…

Installation: domestic objects (wood and PS) : cage, alarm clock, mail indicator, bus schedule, social network and business.

Technical information: Wi-fi communication between the smartphone and the objects (Arduino + Wi-fi Shield) . Specific
application where the kind of information is chosen.

Collaboration: Pierre Rossel (Arduino programmation), David
Hodgetts (Xcode iOS) and Camille Scherrer.