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Cicek Neftci (designer)
Stephanie Owens (thesis advisor)
Chris Prentice (thesis advisor)
Christopher Kirwan (thesis advisor)
Mark Stafford (thesis advisor)
Yury Gitman (thesis advisor)




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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