a toolkit for creating personalized ambient media links for conveying
togetherness over a distance
Cian Cullinan, Stefan Agamanolis
An important feature of healthy interpersonal relationships is a sense
of attachment and closeness that is endlessly evolving and carefully
balanced to the mutual benefit of the individuals involved. Lack of
contact, whether due to distance or other uncontrollable factors, can
throw off this balance and cause unnecessary tension and hardship. In
the One2One project, we are developing a technological infrastructure
for creating personalized ambient communication links to enhance a
sense of presence and togetherness between two distant individuals.
We are exploring a variety of passive sensing and display devices to
suit individual taste and the character of the relationship.
Floral Display is the first ambient media link built with the
developing One2One framework. It is a flower pot with a big pink
flower that blooms when Cian's girlfriend, Ciara, logs into her
computer at her university, and closes when she leaves. The form of a
bright pink flower was chosen to reflect Ciara's love for flowers and
the color pink.
The pot itself is wireless and can be carried from room to room.
Inside the pot these is a simple radio transceiver and some motors
that allow the flower to be opened and closed on command. The pot
communicates wirelessly to a nearby computer that checks Ciara's login
status at regular intervals. The battery lasts several days.
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