(thesis advisor)Chris Prentice
(thesis advisor)Christopher Kirwan
(thesis advisor)Mark Stafford
(thesis advisor)Yury Gitman
Technology integrated consumer products aim to substitute the loneliness of a user by comforting them with different reactions like vibrations, movement, sound, tactile and sensor-based elements. The instant comfort succeeds in most situations; however technology can not sustain such comfort for a human being forever. Meellow is a reaction to technology-integrated products that attempt comfort human beings with a generic output. Not only it comforts the user, it also emphasized the failure of sustainability through its fusion of design and technology and personalization of the designer. Meellow is battery-operated pillow made of soft cotton and polyester textiles with embedded thermochromic inks and conductive thread. Utilizing a microphone, microcontroller and transistors, Meellow translates the user’s cry into an abstract image of a mother’s face. The image is projected on the pillow, which the user can hold, hug and sleep on. In the future, Meellow will belong to a family of tactile technology products (blankets, bedside lamps, other everyday items around the bed) that create magical, warm and comfortable effects in reaction to different inputs.
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