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Design experiments for the unconscious.

Sometimes its fun to take a look at conceptual papers, which have prototypes that haven’t yet been made or put into the world for testing. They are often short “thought exercises” in design, where researchers and practitioners play aloud with the relationship between a theoretical concept and actual objects. The short paper “Designing with unconscious

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On the EcoPath to sustainable actions.

In the technical report “EcoPath: Adding Spatial, Social, and Gaming Contexts to Personal Tracking Systems” by Joel Ross, Nadine Amsel, Robert Beckman, Bill Tomlinson, we are introduced to “EcoPath,” a mobile game developed to help people track the location of  activities which can be thought of as sustainable, such as biking and recycling. In some ways

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Design based on a theory of fun: The Bottle Bank Arcade

As if you needed another reason to love the Swedish, below is one of a series of viral videos put out a few years ago by The Fun Theory, in it you can watch an example of a recycling bin design that aims to make recycling glass bottles more fun. The game works such that

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Waste not: Weigh your Waste

In the 2009 conference paper ” Weigh your waste: a sustainable way to reduce waste,” authors  Alex A. Gartland and Paulina Piasek present an interactive waste disposal device, which helps users recycle and/or reduce waste in the home or work environment. The system they propose is made up of a digital scale that is embedded inside a large wheelie-style trash receptacle, along with a

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Infotropism: a plant-based approach to eco-feedback

In the paper “Infotropism: Living and Robotic Plants as Interactive Displays” the interdisciplinary team of David Holstius, John Kembel, Amy Hurst, Peng-Hui Wan, Jodi Forlizzi, present a living and robotic plant display as a tool to increase recycling. At the root of the process was the desire to use “living plants to convey information about human activity”  (p.2). This is an excellent opportunity for

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