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Touch, response, and inanimate objects

For this project, I chose to focus on the connections people make with inanimate objects. People rarely make strong emotional connections with hard and/or cold objects, while the opposite is common with soft, warm, or otherwise tactually inviting objects.

While these tactual experiences are often enough for people to form personal attachment, the objects themselves never reciprocate. By embedding a PicoCricket, a few sensors and motors, I hope to create a responsive object that can communicate (through movement) with it's owner. In this, I hope to explore the experiences people would have with objects that could reflect the feelings of its owner.

I will encase the project in a pillow that has significance to me, which looks like this:

The mechanical diagram looks something like this: