Tecno & Interaction Ivrea

A successful collaboration between Tecno and Interaction Design Institute Ivrea to improve the quality of working environments. A working desktop that transforms itself into an answering machine, a radio that changes stations by rolling over a surface, an egg-shaped scheduling device that changes working appointments with a shake, all these are visionary devices that allow a glimpse of the future.

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The ideas on show were generated during several class Workshops held at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. The Associate Professors responsible for the Workshops were Massimo Banzi, Neil Churcher, Heather Martin, Yaniv Steiner and Reto Wettach. Edoardo Brambilla provided all physical prototyping on show and Gianluca Martin assisted with the electronic prototyping. Dario Buzzini participated in the Workshops as a project assistant and was also responsible for coordinating this exhibition with Alie rose and Heather Martin in collaboration with Tecno and Lissoni Associati.

Message Table
by Shawn Bonkowski with Dana Gordon
Message Table is a desk merged with an answering machine. It can receive, play and store telephone messages. When a message is left, a box representing that message slowly rises from the desk.

Box of Sound
by James Tichenor with David A Mellis
Box of Sound is a single radio station. The exterior surface of the radio is made with hundreds of rubber bands. When the user wedges an opening in the box the volume increases.

Feel the Music I
by James Tichenor and David A Mellis
Feel the Music I is a radio with only a tuning knob. The knob itself indicates potential stations through tactile feedback.

Feel the Music II
by James Tichenor and David A Mellis
Feel the Music II is a radio on wheels. By moving the radio on a table surface, the user can feel phantom ‘peaks and troughs’ that indicate different radio stations.

by Didier Hilhorst and Nicholas Zambetti
Quattro is a radio alarm clock. As you approach Quattro, it detects your presence and reveals the relevant controls. Its functions are also determined by its orientation. Quattro works in tandem with a soft ‘object’ for remote ‘snooze’ operation.

Tok Tok
by Aram Armstrong with Haiyan Zhang
Tok Tok connects you to your distant loved ones in far away cities. Knocking on one box transmits a sonar-like pulse to a ‘twinned’ box in the remote location. The further away the city is, the longer the delay.

Tug Tug
by Haiyan Zhang with Aram Armstrong
Tug Tug are dedicated telephones whose cords are connected via the handset to the base on both phones. This forms a shared interactive object, allowing each person to physically affect the other object by pulling the cord.

Not So White Walls
by Dario Buzzini with Massimo Banzi
Not So White Walls is interactive wallpaper. It works like a display, giving you the possibility to change patterns and content on your walls. Resistors placed behind the paper surface make the color of the paper change, giving the possibility of a continuously changing content.

The Egg
by Jennifer Bove, Thomas Stovicek and Nicholas Zambetti
The Egg is a scheduling device. It allows you to shift meetings and reshuffle appointments by simply shaking it and turning it upside down. This action causes any connecting Egg to reshuffle accordingly.