December 16, 2005

Personalisation in mobile phones

41425187_186818f51f.jpg Schulze & Webb are working with Chris Heathcote at Nokia, on mobile phone personalisation, to develop experimental prototypes to explore personalisation in mobile phones.

On their new blog, they are addressing questions about mobile phone manufacture, and who takes responsibility for how they’re used, and what they represent. The work is grounded heavily in prototyping and making, building on research Chris has already done. They are documenting the project’s progress and the physical outputs.

Excerpts: Mechanical experiments in wood (posted 12 December, 2005)

-- Wood is actually one of the materials we explored, and we tried two distinct approaches. We made the simple shape of the mobile phone, and also some larger-scale pieces to try out different wooden movements. We learnt quickly from this process. One point that come up: Although you can make buttons in wood, the build quality doesn’t give the fluidity of movement of plastic buttons. Ratchet mechanism and hinges feel more true to the medium.

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