ABS, Lycra, Arduino board, camera, proximity sensors, and Java and C++ software
15 11/16 x 2 7/8 x 1 5/16" (40 x 7.5 x 3.5 cm)
The Wablog is a device made up of a small speaker set between two primitive screens that is attached to a computer and functions as a real-time avatar. Users can communicate with each other through movements and signs; signal or perceive physical presence; and be notified of activity on online networks such as Twitter. Wablog’s communication system recalls the dynamics of submarine sonar, of machines constantly signaling their position to each other, using animations recalling early video games; in a similar way one Wablog pings another, and the answer floats back, like an echo. Wablog arose from its designers’ exploration of what they call “indirect, blurry, and calm low tech” communication objects; it demonstrates that the instant connectivity and constant communication we now experience can be manifested in quiet ways.