Objects of Affection: Inventions from our workshops, Episode 1

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Love, Optimized / Workshops
Object Solutions – Designing the Future of Love – Workshop

An optimized romantic future draws irresistibly near.

At our design fiction workshops, strangers pair up to invent their way out of love troubles. They engage Object Solutions’ mode of critical play, and their imagined futures are as funny as they are fearsome.

These are a few of their creations, including immersive dreams, surveillant clothing and more.

Host an Object Solutions workshop of your own. Contact Ernesto or join our mailing list to jump in. Learn more about how it works.

Object Solutions – Designing the Future of Love – Workshop
Dream Big Box

Context: Dating
Challenge: Requesting exclusivity
Laboratorians: Leah & Chris 

“Will You Dream Big With Me?”

When you’re ready to broach the subtle subject of moving from casual dating to serious exclusivity, just give the gift of fantastical storytelling in the tiny projection screen of the Dream Big Box. The small box opens and projects a huge dream sequence of how happy you both will be when you decide to go steady.

Object Solutions – Designing the Future of Love – Workshop
Tech Chastity
 

Context: Trust
Challenge: Preventing infidelity
Laboratorians: Chris & Renée

Smart clothing line that monitors physical attraction to friends or strangers.
—When the clothing senses that you are attracted to someone who is not your partner, it locks the zippers and buttons on your shirts, pants and skirts – or otherwise takes any measure necessary to prevent removal of clothing.
—We also offer smart necklaces that would release a skunk odor when they sense high attraction levels.
—We are working on repellent chapstick.

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Object Solutions – Designing the Future of Love – Workshop

Lumos

Context: Singledom
Challenge: Meeting new people
Laboratorians: Sam & Leah

—A subscription service that sparks new connections for only $6.99/month.
—Each user is given a candle that floats above their head, which is visible only to other users.
—The size, shape and color of the candle changes to reflect the user’s moods and desires at that moment.
—With Lumos, you’ll never be in the dark about finding the right person at the right time!

Object Solutions – Designing the Future of Love – Workshop
“The Relabel” Wine Label

Context: Dating
Challenge: Requesting exclusivity
Laboratorians: Nora & Miguel

“The label that asks questions you don’t want to.”

Wine is liquid courage. The more you drink, the more prepared you are to discuss life’s difficult questions, like, “Will you be my exclusive girlfriend/boyfriend?” The Relabel is a programmable wine label that reveals increasingly serious questions as the wine in the bottle is finished. Never ask awkward questions again. Instead, simply ask your partner to pour the next glass.

Object Solutions – Designing the Future of Love – Workshop
E-mood Ring

Context: Cohabitation
Challenge: Navigating schedule conflicts
Laboratorians: Sam & Renée

—Communicates the social needs to a partner by turning different colors and turning the partner’s ring a different color.
—Provides the option to invite your partner to join you at social events.
—Projection function to check in on each other’s schedules.

Invent Your Own

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