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The Poking Machine is a wearable device that pokes you physically whenever you are poked on Facebook, no matter where you are.

Online social networks are platforms for communication, enabling us to connect anywhere we go. However, they still lack the mediation of physical communication. Facebook tries to improve this by enabling its users to ‘poke’ each other, which basically only sends another written message to the person you poke, without conveying the original intent of the poking gesture. The Poking machine converts the message into an actual physical poke, extending the reach of this haptic gesture indefinitely. This way users can connect not only virtually but also physically.

The set-up consists of a custom built circuit (ATtiny, servo, battery, and bluetooth module) that connects to an Android phone, letting it keep track of incoming pokes. The circuit is housed in a laser-cut box you can wear on your arm.

Jasper van loenen & Bartholomäus Traubeck

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Foundland (Ghalia Elsrakbi, Lauren Alexander and Dirk Vis)  is a young multi-disciplinary art and design practice based in Amsterdam. With backgrounds in graphic design, art and writing Foundland’s approach focuses on research based, critical responses to current issues.

We are a non-profit organization, established in 2009. Since our inception, we have continually focused on critical analysis of topics related to political and place branding and the way recent trends in these fields affect citizens in the Netherlands. Our field of interest is not limited to the Netherlands and we are currently busy with projects exploring similar themes in South Africa and Syria.

We consider the public domain of conventional media such as advertising, printed matter, the internet as well as art spaces as locations for our research and visual output. We like to foster collaboration with institutions and individuals according to current projects.

http://www.foundland.org/

A 23 year-old graphic designer, when he realised how is the graphic design world he was about to enter, he felt the urge to initiate this project. His aim is to start a dialogue and create a manifesto about the ethics in graphic design, an issue which most schools miss to touch. Visit his site and watch the information video here.

A similar exploration we had last year in collaboration with Pratt Institute, under the workshop “valorised designer”. We started some discussions with the students there, trying to define which are the values in graphic design and at the end we had to design a poster based on a value. Due to cultural differences the dialogue was really interesting. You can find more info here