Locative Lab

researching locative media

Soft communication

Stitchories, by Katherine Wakid from the California College of the Arts
in San Francisco, is a digital quilt—a cotton blanket with a built-in
computer that can upload photos and record spoken narratives. The
design combines technology and craft to encourage communication between
teens and their elders.


Via ID online.

Made me think of Hella Jongerius‘s My Soft Office that she developed in 2001 for the exhibition Worksperes at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. My Soft Office explores
the workplace of the future and the role of designers to develop
effective solutions for the changing demands of working conditions


The key piece of Jongerius’ installation was Bed in Business:
a double bed that also functions as a desk. Monitors are fixed at the
end, one pillow was turned into a mouse and another into a speaker.
Jongerius also designed a keyboard with an inbuilt snack plate.

Related: Undercover,
by Dana Gordon and Alejandro Zamudio Sanchez, can be wirelessly
connected to any source of audio allowing you to listen to your
favourite music or radio station; blankets a gogo in Blanket stories.



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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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