Wolf Pack

Wolf Pack is a concept for a body-centric device which approaches persistent communication between a close group of friends in a new way.

Project Details

Team: Manas Karambelkar, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Janardhanan
Duration: 1 weeks
Course: Performative Design at CIID
Guides: Di Mainstone, David Gauthier

Description

Wolf Pack is a concept for a body-centric device which approaches persistent communication between a close group of friends in a new way.

It looks to enable people to share small memories with their friends, which are shared among the group but are lost in daily lives when friends are not with each other. These moments, though interesting might not be big enough for the person to feel like calling or texting their friends about, but given the choice of having your friends at an arm’s length, one would spontaneously talk about them.

We were inspired by how people communicate with their close friends, in the real world, not particularly mediated with communication devices. We imagined being able to communicate “in the moment”.  But we imagined this to happen preferably without the need of  another interface, selection mechanisms and other complexities.

Receiving voice messages on the recording machine with the phone seemed a better analogy than checking messages or emails online. The audio recordings, which are in the voice of the person reflect much more character compared to pictures which do not, on principal reflect the character of the person taking the image.

We drew an analogy for the group of friends with a pack of wolves and sought to draw some inspiration for the aesthetics of the device.

 

01_main

A snapshot from the video prototype

03_mock-up

A quick mock-up using a chartpaper

04_form construction

Prototyping using a foam sheet and metal wires for structure

05_pattern making 1

Pattern making

06_pattern making 2

Creating patterns for fabric overlay

07_light on

Front view of the Wolf Pack collar. The light glows when friends are in physical proximity

08_right view

The collar, when upright, is used to record group messages and to listen to them as well

09_left view

The shoulder pad provides a slight nudge indicating that a new message is added

10_back view

Back view of the Wolf Pack collar

A snapshot from the video prototypeA quick mock-up using a chartpaperPrototyping using a foam sheet and metal wires for structurePattern makingCreating patterns for fabric overlayFront view of the Wolf Pack collar. The light glows when friends are in physical proximityThe collar, when upright, is used to record group messages and to listen to them as wellThe shoulder pad provides a slight nudge indicating that a new message is addedBack view of the Wolf Pack collar


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