The Elevated Coffee Machine is an experiment in social behavior around a coffee machine. It is an every day object used for one thing, and one thing only, serve coffee. This day it got the added behavior of playing elevator music after someone fills up their coffee. The behavior is added to evoke an emotion. Some felt embarrassment, some confusion and others were dancing.
The experiment was prototyped with a computer placed inside the coffee machine, which analysed the sound level. Once the machine starts to pour the coffee it randomly picks a song and plays for about a minute. Two cameras was hidden to capture the reaction of the thirsty test subject. The experiment was developed and tested in a day together with other sounds like a dialup modem, spaceship and whispering voices.
Harry Clayton Cook
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