There is always the risk that this will be no different than those digital picture frames “for the grandparents” that only succeeded in bringing families together when the gift giver arrived to fix the device and get it back on the network. But reading about this proof-of-concept locket and watching as the footprint for this sort of technology gets smaller, less boxy, and more intuitive to interact with, I feel that the potential for dedicated digital media players as precious physical objects in our lives is around the corner. I mean beyond our phones, watches, belt buckles, and glasses….
The locket is able to connect to SMS, Facebook, Instagram, and other sources, but rather than swamping the wearer with every possible update, the user first selects the people they’d like to receive notifications from.
A simple gesture control interface allows the wearer to browse these collected keepsakes, ‘like’ favourites, or send a message. An accompanying app enables further options like creating personalised keepsakes with filters and effects, or adding and removing people from the update list.
According to the design team, the aim of Purple is to utilise technology in a way that provides users with a break – in contrast to the always switched-on lifestyle that’s often associated with connectivity….
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