‘smile cup’ by nikita mokhirev
‘smile cup’ by nikita mokhirev from estonia is one of the seven entries that received the ‘judge’s special award’ among over
3000 participants from our recent designboom competition ‘a life with future computing‘, organized in collaboration with
FUJITSU and DA – design association japan.
designer’s own words:
this cup can be used by anyone at anytime.
people spend hours talking with friends over a cup of tea, watching television while enjoying their favorite drink,
going to cafes and restaurants, pubs and eateries to drink for social gatherings etc. this cup adds something extra
to these kinds of activities. ‘smile cup’ contains a small interactive device that receives and sends instant messages,
displays the time, works as a control, alarm clock or just a game centre. it communicates with others not just with words,
but with images. ‘smile cup’ has screens on both sides that show an identical picture. by select the ‘face’ using the touch sensor
located on the handle, a person that is next to you will see your emotion. the cup can be customized through any
wireless device to match your lifestyle. personalize your picture, change controls, add something new…
while watching TV, chose a ‘mood’ holding your cup and it will send it to your PC and later to a TV broadcaster
letting them know your opinion on a particular show. you can add drink names to the cups, inform a customer of their bill
and also know when a patron wants more beverages. the cup can also be used as an advertising screen.
a touch sensor on the cup’s handle allows you to indicate your mood to those around you
the cup’s technological elements
social situations in which to use the ‘smile cup’
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was designed for the ‘FUJITSU design award: a life with future computing’
competition, organized by designboom in collaboration with FUJITSU.