I was searching for inspiration for the looks of the devise when I thought about a question that I had been asked by my supervisor:
However there were certain criteria in the open call that I had to take into consideration. Criteria in regards to size, weight, usability, power consumption, noise limits and interactivity. It meant that I would have to make the pod into something portable - more like a secret lair. It could be filled up with comfy pillows and then I could let the Flip Flap control something that would make people talk and share an experience together. Maybe something like the Communitas Project.
The best thing would be to research on it by using body storming, testing, rapid prototyping and then talking to a lot of people. But I would not have time. Further more the construction of the Flip Flap would simply be too complex and possibly not be finished before the deadline. I ended up being utterly frustrated and annoyed and turned to my bed to take a break.
Art cannot change the world nor the fact that real experiences are being replaced by second handed. But people can. And art can inspire people. It can comment on subjects, give ideas, draw attention to subjects and matters and create thoughts. With my bachelor project in Art & Technology I would like to give people a first hand experience and inspiration. The project deals with recognition, memories and familiarity - which means that you will immediately know how to use it.