(((heartbeats))) 2015connecting intimately with each other through digital means.
What if you could send your heartbeat to another person? Not on your phone. What if there was an object that vibrated your live heartbeat as you were thinking of them? What would that mean to your girlfriend, or grandfather, or best friend? What if you took that same object that you use to tune-in to your mother, and tune-in to Usain Bolt running the 100m dash, or Astronaut Scott Kelly’s pulse as he takes human’s first step on Mars? What would the impact of those moments be if we were able to experience them physically, in the palms of our hands?
How might we use digital technology to assist in our communication and connectivity?
How might we remove ourselves from the virtual world and reignite our meaningful relationships in the physical world?
How might we improve the impact digital communication has on personal identity, and our ability to empathize with other humans?
This particular experience captures a live feed of one’s heartbeat and outputs it through light and vibration into a small, wireless object. It is in turn given to another person as an act of intimacy. The (((hearbeat))) object informed two wearable products that explored additional ways to experience a heartbeat.
Based on the tactile experience of a worry stone, an object that we find brings us stability and comfort, the development of form emulated a soothing object that was soft, approachable, and familiar.