Sunday, March 22, 2009

Unique User Interfaces

I've been taking a peek at products which reveal to the user how much of a resource is being used, in a visually appealing, tangible way. A good source for these is MOMA's online exhibit of Design and the Elastic Mind.

This large red cord you see is called Standby, and it's meant to make consumption of energy more visible, as far as I can tell. Perhaps a little more conceptual than we want to go. But perhaps not?

1 comment:

  1. I've seen previous attempts to give physical manifestation to more abstract things like energy consumption. Things like strings that vibrate with increased electrical or wireless activity, or a light that changes color with the activity of the stock market.

    I'll see if I can track it down again.