Romance and technology in a box!
Romance and technology in a box!
Written by Lucy Black   
Friday, 29 April 2011

How can we keep romance alive in this digital age where many interpersonal communications have been reduced to tweets and texting language?

A team of artists, engineers and social psychologists from Newcastle University in the UKhave created digital ‘Lovers’ Boxes’ that retain the aesthetics of traditional wooden jewellery boxes, while containing technology to enable couples to record romantic messages for each other.

Each box consists of two halves connected by brass hinges, decorated with ornate carvings, with an antique keyhole at the front. They look like something from another time but inside a computer with an integrated RFID reader is hidden.

Once unlocked, the box opens like a book, and a screen becomes visible but is framed with rounded edges to  counter the usual associations of a digital display with hard edged technology. Once open placing the RFID tag in the key fob triggers a video message.

 

box2

 

As detailed in an academic paper in current edition of International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, the impact of the Lovers' Box has been tested on five couples who were to create personalised video content for one another by working with a digital media artist.

The research findings showed that the creation, exchange and display of personal messages embedded in the box served as both mirrors and sources for reflection within their relationships.

Commenting on the results, Anja Thieme, the lead researcher on the project, said:

"The aesthetic appeal of these objects, with the mix of the antique wooden box that has to be unlocked with a physical key is really important in terms of keeping the personal messages between partners private and treasured".

 

loversbox

 

So what do you think? Is this knocking the sharp edges off technology and making is soft and even more GUI?  Or is it just repeating the past?

Reference:

Thieme. A., et. al., 2011, "Lovers' box: Designing for reflection within romantic relationships", International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, vol. 69, no. 5, pp. 283-297.

If you would like to be informed about new articles on I Programmer you can either follow us on Twitter or Facebook or you can subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Banner


Salesforce Launches AI Einstein
21/09/2016

Saleforce has shown off a wrapper for its CRM products that uses AI and machine learning to improve recommendations, choosing to unveil it and other innovations this week, rather than waiting for the  [ ... ]



Your Android Could Leak Data Via USB Charging
20/09/2016

Security researchers have invented a way to get data out of any mobile device using nothing but a USB charging point without the need for a serial connection or any special permissions.


More News

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 April 2011 )
 
 

   
Banner
RSS feed of news items only
I Programmer News
Copyright © 2016 i-programmer.info. All Rights Reserved.
Joomla! is Free Software released under the GNU/GPL License.