iPhone or Blackberry? I would have an extremely hard time to make decision if the “Blackberry Empathy” was out.
Blackberry’s new concept phone, designed by Kiki Tang and Daniel Yoon, brightened my day today.
The phone is a new incorporation of cell phone and social media. Designers integrate human emotions with the concept of social networking to the device interface. The concept of this “Empathy” phone is to use a biometrics ring which will be worn on user’s hand to collect “emotional data” in order to interact with one another.
“Empathy” has entire touch surface/screen and a physical keyboard on the back.
As Daniel Yoon 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