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With friends - Conversation table

"Go celebrate, toast, eat or talk together with friends.” It might be obvious, but not for everyone. Not everybody has friends or the right one to come to their social needs. That’s why someone can be touched by this sentence. Often, we don’t dare to share these feelings of loneliness with each other, because it's a sensitive subject. That making it seems that we are the only one, but actually as much as one-third of young people feel regularly lonely. This is due to the urge to belong to others, loneliness not being discussible, lack of social skills, limited social network and negative thinking.

To help around social contact I created an interactive conversation table that works as an icebreaker, conversation starter and pop-up place. After many different application designs and testing I started this, because out of talking to people I heared that they would be happy, if there was a place where they could get easier contact with new people. The table helps people to start more easily a conversation and make new contacts. This with the help of questions and activities on the screen after pushing the button. On the table, you can press two buttons controlled by an Arduino and the Max MSP Jitter program. By pressing the buttons, you can choose the language and then whether you want a question or an activity. Through the exposition, a lot of new contacts were made and people laughed with each other.

Also see the online version of the table at www.metvrienden.nl

Also see the other part of the graduation project


Discipline Experience Design — Client Graduation project — Year 2019

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