Tasked with creating a "social smart object," we collectively came up with goals and values as a team that would guide us through our design and decision making process:
- Leverage social media data to encourage face-to-face interactions and get people away from their phones
- Reduce the "noise" of extraneous social media information
The Ticker is a smart split-flap display that uses social media data to socially connect people.
This is how it works:
-Up to 3 users can tap their phone to the object to "opt" in and have their Twitter and Facebook accounts synced
-Connected to the cloud, the Ticker will parse through all of the users' data and find commonalities and shared interests among them and generate a 7-letter code word.
-Intentionally cryptic, yet somehow relevant to all involved, the code word will prompt participants to talk to each other and figure out what it is they have in common with each other.
With a built-in microphone, the Ticker gauges surrounding noise levels and will display words more frequently at moments when the noise level is low and conversations are at a lull.
This was created with Eliz Ayaydin and Brandon Washington from the SVA Products of Design Department and under the direction of Carla Diana.