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Looking Back at Apple Watch Keynote

I still recall Jony Ive's explaination of the Apple Watch during its keynote, which addressed all of the right key points that a wearable product should focus on. So I decided to put together a list of my favorite wearable quotes from Ive.

"We’re introducing an unparalleled level of technical innovation combined with a design that connects with the wearer at an intimate level to both embrace individuality and inspire desire. The watch senses that you are raising your wrist and then activates the display. You see an organization of apps that well knew is somehow familiar. Navigation is fluid and vital."

"Apps are designed for lightweight interaction. Smart replies and dictation let you respond quickly to messages. Glances let you swipe through information efficiently. And pressing the button below the digital crown instantly shows you friends you can contact in just seconds. And with digital touch, we’ve developed an entirely new way for you to connect intimately with others."

"We know that wearing something all day every day becomes as much about personal preference and self-expression as functionality. So we’ve designed a range of watch faces. You can personalize both their appearance and their capability."

"Personalization extends way beyond the interface. We have designed six different straps and a mechanism that makes the straps easily interchangeable with the refinement and precision that’s born of functionality. The sport band in a range of bold colors is made from a tough, durable sweat and chemical resistant high performance elastomer."

- Jony Ive

Takeaway: More wearable products should embrace intimacy, individuality, desire, expression and personalization.

Music Blox

"The project includes a music machine which allows anyone to create and experiment with music, in a playful and tangible way. The installation includes three turntables, all with built in Arduino, midishield and a total of 15 digital distance sensors. As the user adds a block to the deck, the distance sensor plays a sound. Combining all three turntables produces some quite intricate and fun beats."

DVD Lets You Go on Virtual Dinner Date

For about $8, you can have a virtual date simply by watching a DVD. It’s called “Amateur Dinner Time - Let’s Eat Together." This DVD makes sense considering the population in Japan is slowly declining as increasing number of people are giving up marriage and sex (as known as "sekkusu shinai shokogun" or "celibacy syndrome"). And this product does indeed makes sense from both sociological and economically speaking -- by eliminating social anxiety associated with asking a girl out on a date and the responsibility of paying for dinner.

Relevant Article:

Office Furniture Designed to Improve Social Interaction

Invitation Chair by Alexander Bennett

"The Invitation Chair allows for the creation of a temporary shared space to collaborate, by allowing a user to share their seat with someone. The chair facilitates short bursts of interaction between two people who must focus their attention upon a computer screen while seated. By making it easier for workers to collaborate including the computer as a ‘third entity’. The Invitation Chair promotes a stronger workplace camaraderie and encourages creative thinking."

Social Furniture System by Richard Luo

"Workspace stress can interfere with productivity and impact both physical and emotional health. Creating social space for informal conversation and providing opportunities for social interaction among employees is a efficient way to release stress as well as enhance relationships with co-workers. This pie-shaped modular furniture concept is designed to empower and enable interactions in the office area while creating a sense of sharing. It has twelve pieces of identical sections that can be joined to create endless arrangements in a variety of shapes and functions as stools, side tables, footrests, or bookcases. They can be used as an intimate communication space, where employees could relax and share of information, encouraging creative thinking, as well as serving as an entertainment center to release workspace stress. The pie-shaped modular system is minimalist, with a clear and functional use of its essential form. The curved lip creates a minimal stacked system that prevents each piece from moving around when stacking on top of each other. It also forms a subtle edge, preventing things from rolling or sliding off from teh storage space. Additionally, the curved lip leaves a finger space at the bottom edge for people lifting piece when needed."

via PSFK