We Want Your Empathy

For their sponsored project held by RIM Blackberry at the Art Center College of Design, designers Kiki and Daniel had to incorporate an interface that integrates human emotions with the concept of social networking. The result of this exercise was the Empathy concept. The phone is used in conjunction with a biometrics ring that is worn by the user to collect “emotional data”. Spec-wise it features a transparent OLED screen that becomes transparent when not in use and opaque during interaction. The front is all touch surface, while on the back there is a physical keyboard.

As Daniel describes the interface:

It is of course touch based and all the user’s connections are shown graphically so you can see who is connected to whom. Each contact has an avatar that is encompassed by two colored rings. The inner colored ring shows the contact’s previous emotional state, and the outer ring represents the contact’s current emotional state. It is important to show the shift in emotions in order to see how an event has affected that contact.

Another important feature that we felt was important was the “Emotional Health Chart”. This chart would monitor the user’s emotional health through an indefinite period of time. One would be able to see how a certain event, or phone call/ message has affected the user. Obviously, if the chart shows someone is always upset, there would be a problem… If permitted, a user would be able to view other user’s charts as well.

Designers: Kiki Tang & Daniel Yoon

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XI687YFvNk 605 455]


  • Rubella says:

    You keep spelling “Satan” wrong. This phone is not some Illuminati symbol. Not everything with a geometric shape is evil.

  • Abiodun says:

    Hmmmm!!! Nice piece but really would prefer this for my Wife

  • taju says:

    How about aftersales maintenance in Nigeria…..

  • Gilbert says:

    The phone is not yet but you can make a you can book your order with us.

  • Tab's says:

    I’m not sure about this but certainly devil is try harder so we could be part of him since when a phone dwells with your feelings i’m not sure about,hoping this will not lead us to temptation

  • skinymike says:

    My thoughts exactly

  • skinymike says:

    What??? Please tell me you are joking. Everyone knows steve jobs is satan

  • chinedu says:

    check dis out

  • basdfasd says:

    fuckin shit sucks

  • SIBA says:


  • ricks says:

    OMG!!!!!! when is this piece hitting stores, can’t wait to grab that.

  • KenyanBabe says:

    I am so over my torch, I need this empathy phone quick.. Just looking at it makes me know its the only I want to have now and forever! Those features are so futureristic… With this I can so tell when my boyfriend is lying to me over the phone! Hmmmmm… Blackberry this is the MONSTER of phones, ok gOodbye Iphone!

  • Q says:

    I want thid phone..strictly for the looks & tech without the emotional piece…no ring…not interested..sumthing aint right with thst!

  • roseline says:

    wow i really luv it xoxoxoxoxo

  • Mohammed says:

    Pls I want to know the price if the phone is avialable

  • Chinedu Nwosu says:

    This site is so cool! I’m feeling it.

  • Justin Walker says:

    This Phone is the Definition of Beauty, I want to of them now Please….!!!!!!!!

  • ravi says:

    This Emapathy design is a complete copy of an INDIAN DESIGNER’S work, shame on these people to copy such designs and improve them to suit their design language and show it as if they have designed this concept

    kiki and daniel do something new ,i am searching the web for the indian designers name and very soon post it to yanko

  • Josh says:

    He’s your son. How did HE make you do anything? I don’t have children though I don’t remember having that much control over my parent’s decisions. Or was it just not a big deal over all? I’m just curious I guess. Is this behavior common? Should I be concerned when I have kids?

  • Makera says:

    This design is incredibly mind-blowing. ‘can’t wait to have a feel of it.

  • OKEY IDEOZU says:

    This piece really stand tall amidst blackberry. Creativity & good concept @ work. Really innovative!!!

  • baks says:

    Very cool, patiently waiting..

  • Raisani Abdul Razzaque says:

    Ohhh!!! Such a mind blowing and amazing innovation is still not in my hand…!! anxiously waiting for this to come in my hand asap.

  • cooperating says:

    i like the program and the mood ring.. only the shape of it.. it looks so rough it’s not pretty as a ring should look like.. i do like the way it works.. and seeing the way people feel.. you’ll know when they need a friend or when they are touched by your message for example.. love it..
    the phone itself is a little raw.. yet modern and smooth, but original.. i do like original..

    the program seems to me is the biggest pro becouse of the sciencefiction-like look i love it.. specially to be able to see the persons who are the closest to you

  • Oel says:

    Hope it doesnt breaks when it falls…
    this phone aint good for clumsy hands…

  • Glittery Eyes says:


  • PhD in Fail says:

    If this ever gets into production and I get me one of those, I’d start the day with this:

    In brightest day
    In blackest night
    No evil shall
    Escape my sight
    Let those who worship
    Evil’s might
    Beware my power
    Green Lantern’s light!


  • Jimmy C says:

    @Glittery Eyes: YOU SUCK! A guy who hates a phone just for its shape? The answer is BOOOOOOO.

  • EIGHT says:


  • blah says:

    your son sounds like a spoiled brat. good parenting, man 🙂

  • Ralph says:

    Nice really nice

  • Nicola says:

    WOW! what an awesome idea!when??? 😀

  • Jing says:

    Parenting: You’re doing it wrong.

  • This is awesome and not a copy of some android or apple phone.
    RIM shall take care on it and produce it.

    I want it now.
    Where can I buy this?

  • Daniel says:


  • iPhone Happy says:

    This phone is terrible. It will never compare/compete with the iPhone. The iPhone will keep it’s simplistic shape & still sell out when all phone brands have decided to make inconveniently shaped devices.

  • iPhone Happy says:

    This phone will never compare/compete with the iPhone. The iPhone will keep it’s simplistic shape & still sell out when all phone brands have decided to make inconveniently shaped devices.

  • iHappy says:

    iPhone > Blackberry Empathy
    Always the best.

  • B.C. says:

    If blackberry were to create this is , it would be like a turn of the century all brands would want to create one like it hence the ipad everyone started making there own version, soo Blackberry Empathy .. I want it now!

  • B.C. says:

    If blackberry create this is , it would be a turn of century all brands would want one like it hence the ipad everyone started making there versions,so Blackberry Empathy I want it now!

  • i want it now says:

    If blackberry create this is , it would be a turn of century. Good idea.

  • e says:

    normal mood ring only react to body temperature, in other words, they only say if you are cold or not, this ring actually checks your vitals to know your mood, I actually think it is a great idea to implement, prevents you from doing stupid mistakes

  • e says:


    Diamond? how old are you kid?

  • Onwuzulike olisa says:

    bam, serious!

  • Stephen says:

    I wish my dad bought me an iPad and iPhone..

  • kett felix says:

    if you need a testing person count me in ahh man this the reason why i love asian people well the briany one i like the other ones to but smartesy are my thing call me he he

  • Ramon says:

    Im putting my credit card in the disc drive but nothing’s happenning!

  • fsadfa says:

    The phone tells the mood. The ring tracks blood pressure pulse skin secretions and the such and probably connects you with your phone

  • iphone says:

    fake stry it will not lau.ch

  • Tashim says:

    I wanna to know how much price for that in USD

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