Rosanna Yau / CCA Grad Design
Interaction and Scripting Studio w/ Wendy Ju
Conversation Hearts is inspired by the pastel sugar hearts with witty sayings that are ubiquitous on Valentines Day. Unlike the prepared messages of its candied cousins, each heart is customizable to communicate a personally crafted message from the sender. The sender can choose to input text, images, animations, audio, etc. to assign to a unique, abstract barcode marked on each conversation heart. The receiver of the boxed Conversation Hearts then unveils the secret messages by having the heart read by a sensor, such as a webcam.
Conversation Hearts is a Valentine for the customizable-age and creates an element of surprise and interaction between people, the digital world, and the artifact. The edible candies complete the Valentine experience by affording the act to dispose the secret message with the idea to “eat after reading.”
**Stay tuned for images of both the edible chocolate and sugar candy versions in the near future (apologies for the extremely long posting delay). Thank you for being patient!
*On display at the NASAD Exhibition @ California College of the Arts, SF March 2-13, 2009
Copyright 2009 Rosanna Yau