As technology is merging with our nature more and more, questions start to arise on whether certain developments are acceptable or invasive. For instance, do we want objects to be able to read and react to our emotions? Do we want to feel comforted by an object, rather than by a close friend or relative? And would such an object change the way humans interact with one another?
cubbi explores this by inviting the user to interact with him and by acting on the user’s emotions. The user can rotate cubbi and he will analyse this interaction and mimic it. By moving in the same way and expressing a stress level through fading his LEDs slower or quicker, he will provide the user with insight on his or her own stress level. Additionally, he will guide the user towards a more relaxed state. cubbi will only relax once you do, too.
This project was part of my BSc education at the Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology. I was supervised by Troy Nachtigall (TU/e).