Nearness

One of the essential properties of Near Field Communication is nearness, but this is set against one of the paradoxes of touch-based interaction where, in fact, nothing needs to touch. In a very short film made with BERG, we explore nearness in interactive technologies.

Hat tip towards The way things go, that Honda commercial and Pythagora Switch.

Some photos.

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38 Responses to Nearness

  1. Rahul Sen 15 September 2009 at 13:54 #

    Awesome stuff Timo! Really inspiring as always… :)

  2. gari 16 September 2009 at 11:23 #

    wow! I really love it…

  3. stan wiechers 16 September 2009 at 19:52 #

    nice one, now we need a full feature 90 minute version;)

  4. Yacoub 18 September 2009 at 15:42 #

    How could u send txt msgs from phone and read them on the other phone?

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