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Blossom is a multi person awareness system that uses ioMaterials-based techniques to connect distant friends and family. It provides an awareness medium that does not rely on the attention- and reciprocity-demanding interfaces that are provided by digital communication media such as mobile phones, SMS, and email. Combining touch-based input with visual, haptic, and motile feedback, Blossoms are created as pairs that can communicate over the network, echoing the conditions of each other and forming an implicit, always-there link that physically express awareness, while retaining the instantaneous capabilities that define digital communication.

Institute/Organization : MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Research Team : Pattie Maes (Director)

Status : Going on

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