Background info on IHS & its applications
Home is the place where people are most relaxed and family members are most connected. Whereas modern-day life sometimes breaks the intimacy families used to share and the space of free imagination trapped by mundane life. Intellectual Home System devote itself to help maintain, fix and increase the sense of intimacy by embedding technologies in furniture and interior design, building up a physical environment of interaction within family members thus breaking down the psychological barriers. Also with various applications developed for the system, its potential for interactive story telling can encourage & inspire the free spirits and creative mind.
(For convenience of description, I will use fmA, fmB etc. to as short for ‘family member A’, ‘family member B’ etc. in the passage.)
Every piece of the furniture can be connected through the network within the house. User who has IHS installed can create an account for the whole family and for individual. There’s 4GB free cloud storage for user to save/upload data collected by the system, like user experience history, applications, imported media files.
*both IHS and its apps are in my proposals not selling yet. so dont get confused if you couldnt get any information by googling them.
Possible location: in the living room.
The sofa is consisted of 6 seats arranged to from a 60-degree angle in the middle, so that people can see each other when sitting on different sides of the sofa talking.
Wheels are attached at the two ends of the sofa, and are controllable by the user in order to adjust the angle.
a. Huddle function: When performing this function, the two ends of the sofa move closer to each other (the angle becomes smaller. *see the vertical view on the picture above) to create a smaller space for people to share.
Since the physical distance of people is decreased, an increase of intimacy is expecting. This function is better used when hugging and huddling around on the sofa, and when there’s many people on it. And it’s safe to use in an unexpected situation as well.
b. Wave function: using this function, the users sitting on it will experience continuous ups and down an each cushion goes ups and down.
c. Custom function: user can design the moves of their own by put different movements on a timeline.
Dumb mode v.s Smart mode:
In dumb mode, the sofa will perform some random function in a random time set by someone.
For instance, fmA sets that the sofa will be performing wave function on 18th Wednesday, September 2013, at 3:00 in the afternoon. When it is the time, fmA may be away from home while fmB is in the sofa. As the sofa began to move, it is like fmA is sending a greeting through a different space and time. fmA’s name (or the username he/she set up) will appear on the screen of the interface after performing the function.
This can be interpreted as some practical jokes families play on each other. And some after effects will be, for example, some conversations like:
“–hey! George! I was holding a cup of tea this afternoon when your dump sofa suddenly started to vibrate! ” “–Aha! Gotcha!” or
“I felt really sad this morning and kind of sighing in the sofa. It gives me a hug at that moment! Turned out that it was a pre-set by you! ”“oh, let me give you a real hug now, sweetie”.
This is a product specifically designed for bathroom use and for people to use while taking a shower.
It comes with a simple function that is to capture and record human voice in a noisy environment, in this case the noise is basically the sound of running water; and to play that sound the next time the other people want to hear.
Below is a sketch of what it may be look like.
Family members can choose their own lines of buttons to use or mix with every one else. For instance, fmA is using the first line of buttons, (fmB→2;fmC→3;fmD→4) so he can press the record button to start record sound he made during his shower. He may want to sing songs, talk to himself, make strange and funny voices or leave some messages for the next people to discover. Next time, when another person (for example, fmB) is taking a shower, besides recording her own clip, she can choose other families’ recording to listen to. It may sound funny if the previous person record it passionately and was highly involved.
Also, the echo box can work solely as a speaker. The flowing application is designed involving the echo box.
Application: Bath with Mr. Bubble _ a morning story
4-5 years old who just learn how to bath by themself and can’t get out of the shower since playing with a whole tank of water is so ‘therapeutic’.
[From the Alarm clock]
good morning kid! hey, it’s me ! Lady Milk!
(hold for a few seconds) woohoo!woohoo!(making wired sound)
Sun is rising and shining! Wanna come and join me for today’s journey?
Come on! Let’s …(sound effect of bubbles)
Hi Kid! Come and look for me in…
Wait a minute! Who are you, sir?
Can’t recognize me uh? Coz I’m invisible Mr. Bubble!
Come and look for me! I’m hiden underneath the s…
(interrupt) Shh.. Mr. Bubble, the kid can figure it out him/herself (based on the data collected for the family account)! Just go ahead and mind your own b..
(Sound of bubbles break) uh, uh… fine. Fine.
So kid, ready for a morning shower? Clean and freshing for the day!
[Bathroom, from the echo box]
Who woke me up early in the morning?
I’m too sleepy to open up my eyes to see!
(the kid may answer: it’s me kelvin!)
Oh you little monkey!
Mr. Bubble, Mrs. Bubble and Bubble kids’s voice singing:
Cleanliness song for children
shower song for children
(A Disney style shower song last for around 5 min with Uncle Tank’s constant interruptions, like “what?” “Watch out!” “hmmm”)
(sound of The Bubbles popped and the music fade out)
Uncle Tank (sings): “And remember to wrap yourself like a …”
Lady Milk: Mummy !
Mr. Bubble: An apple for a day keeps your doctors away!
Lady Milk: hey what are you doing here Bubble!
Mr. Bubble: (not convincingly) it’s not me; it’s just my voice.
Lady Milk: fine, just go back. Plus Milk is a great option, too!