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So. Following the utopicomp (sorry, there it is) ideal of calm computing we’re gonna have to be subtle with this if we’re going anywhere with it, right? Less is more work. We should consider the potential issue of uncanny valley as applied to behaviour and may choose to sidestep it entirely. We could draw inspiration from things like Apple’s design of the sleep light on the Macbook Pro which is so obviously designed to pulsate at the same rate as its breathing would be (if it had lungs) whilst it’s asleep. It’s just enough that it gives the machine a feeling of sentience but what would happen if that speed was ever so slightly increased or decreased based on certain conditions? Would it give the impression that something is wrong? I reckon it might not immediately, but once you get to know the device and its personality you’d be used to its normal behaviour and then really notice when it starts behaving differently. Being a bit offish with you maybe. I’m pretty sure people already do this with computers when their operating system starts to get a bit sluggish or glitchy – I know I do – but maybe we could play with that a bit.


Read this (via @bashford) a few minutes ago and it took me back to a piece of a scene from a recent mobile concept video from Nokia:

Many times I think of my mobile being intelligent to adjust to me, but not so much whether it gets that aspect of sentience where I displays to me something emotional, or attach-worthy, of the moment.

My lady sent me a text as I was reading that article. What if my mobile, which vibrated in my shirt pocket at the time, had a different vibration for her? Something similar to a notification, but "felt" more like the touch of her hand or kiss on my cheek. Much like that movie. The mobile being able to display/give a sense of the environment beyond audible or visual cues, and contextual like the quote. A blinking light, but the intensity knowing the emotions of the communicators, not just the intention of sending and receiving a message.

Maybe I should have played a bit more with Mood Agent and other tools Nokia developed (beta) some Tem back?

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