Curiosity Killed The Cat

If you see the Touch Intrigue on the road, wouldn’t you be tempted to just pass by and run hands on it? Intrigue, curiosity and our urge to touch, all culminate into this experimental “Touch Powered By Intrigue Concept.” A working prototype placed in a busy mall and sidewalk proved that people subconsciously are curious, and this often leads to physical interaction. These weed inspired protrusions harness energy from the touch via the use of piezo-ceramic cores molded within the stems of the product.

As these flex, a current is generated and used to light electroluminescent wire at the head of the product, providing vital user feedback. This makes “Touch” completely self-sufficient.

The most exciting aspect behind the concept is the theory, and the possibilities of a deeper understanding of human behavior have for future products and services, especially in relation to power consumption and energy sources.

Touch invites intrigue and interaction!

Touch Powered By Intrigue by Peter Dalton

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11 Comments

  • Tom says:

    Saw this prototype at a design show..very well made and an excellent idea. Great prospects in terms of social interaction and networking as well! Design styling is also super cool.

  • rob says:

    What wonderful constructive criticism carl. Care to enlighten on “toss”?

    I love the styling and interaction of this, you really do want to play with it when you see it!

  • bow says:

    simple and it definitely works in public.however what is the next after touch, twitter or facebook stuff???

  • piar says:

    I want to know this more…about the working process, especially regarding that picture placed at last!!!!!!
    I’m crazingly curious !!

  • This is in response to piars request.

    The idea of the product is to bring interaction and interest to a space. Using piezo-ceramic strips it does this with out using any external source of power, it powers it self. The last image in the sequence shows the system behind the product as this is as important in today’s environments.

    As the user brushes past an RFID signal is sent, powered by the piezo (this is all tested and proved as part of the project), and picked up by a compatible mobile phone (some of the new nokia’s). I have used the signal to activate a social networking program that shows which of your friends have also been in contact with that product in that space. It is also split into different types of networks.

    This hopefully would encourage real human contact and socializing in that specific space.

  • James says:

    My favourite Loughborough project to date (including my own!)

    Loved the concept and execution of this.

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