Gadgets for Long Distance RelationshipSpeculative Design
I am considering how people connect with each other in the long distance, not by phone, or internet. Of course, the internet created an awesome forum for communicating around all over the world. But at the same time, it produced many lonely people who only interact with each other online. So I researched and studied from some long distance gadgets online.
Basically, the products for the long distance relationship are connected by touch, hear, and vision. The products with taste and smell are hard to find because creating a specific and precise flavor is complexity.
- Touch: Kissenger, Tactilu, Bond, Hug Shirt
- Vision: Good Night Lamp, Mutsugoto
- Sound: Pillow Talk
- Multi: Taion Heart
- (what’s the difference between the information conveying by distinct senses?)
I think the physical link from above objects is very limited for now. The impact of the objects like Good Night Lamp and Pillow Talk are helping the user aware the existence of another people, they are comforting the user .
On the other hand, according to the article, The Multi-Sensory Internet Brings Smell, Taste, and Touch to the Web, by Gian. He introduces Adrian Cheok, professor of pervasive computing at City University London and director of the Mixed Reality Lab at the National University of Singapore, is on a mission to transform cyberspace into a multi-sensory world. He wants to tear through the audiovisual paradigm of the internet by developing devices able to transmit smells, tastes, and tactile sensations over the web.
There is a problem with the current internet technology. The problem is that, online, everything is audiovisual and behind a screen. Even when you interact with your touchscreen, you’re still touching a piece of glass. It’s like being behind a window all the time. Also, on the internet you can’t use all your senses—touch, smell and taste—like you do in the physical world. Then, Adrian proposed that we can transmit smells by stimulating the olfactory bulb using magnetic coils.
Maybe in the future, most long distance relationship will rely on senses stimulating to create a more real feeling with each other. They can share their life experience like the husband can feel the process of dysmenorrhea and delivery from his wife.