Designing Ambi-Bracelet: an interactive bracelet for ambient communication between partners

Virve Inget, Heiko Müller, Hong Li, Jonna Häkkilä

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In this paper, we address the theme of future products design, proposed a design for an ambient communication bracelet, which combines digital technology and with jewellery making tradition. The work presents an example of future visions where unobtrusive interactive wearables are used for emotional communication. The paper presents the concept design process and prototype for an interactive jewellery, Ambi-Bracelet. The interactive bracelet is targeted as an aesthetic and simple communication device between couples over distance. The jewellery design with Ambi-Bracelet was done by using traditional craft techniques combined with 3D modelling and rapid prototyping techniques. The functional physical prototype was manufactured by 3D printing the bracelet frame, and integrated with electrochromic displays showing user-designed graphics. The electrochromic display technique allows the printing of interactive graphics at low cost and small samples, which makes it potential for personalizing smart artefacts. The interactive prototype was implemented with Arduino based electronics. We report on the process of creating the digital jewellery concept and prototype and discuss the lessons learnt.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IASDR 2023
Subtitle of host publicationLife-chancing Design
EditorsDaniela de Sainz Molestina, Laura Galluzzo, Francesca Rizzo, Davide Spallazzo
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDesign Research Society
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-912294-59-6
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Association of Societies of Design Research 2023: Life-Chancing Design - Politecnico di Milano, Campus Bovisa Durando, Milano, Italy
Duration: 9 Oct 202313 Oct 2023


ConferenceInternational Association of Societies of Design Research 2023
Abbreviated titleIASDR 2023
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  • smart jewellery
  • long-distance relationships
  • ambient communication
  • electrochromic displays

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  • Visual arts and design


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