Love × Design × Play
At our design fiction workshops, strangers pair up to invent their way out of love troubles. It’s a creative card game: You partner up and brainstorm inventions to solve everyday love troubles. You draw up a quick blueprint, and you post it on the wall so we can all imagine the future of love – optimized.
These are a few of creations from workshops, including emotional dinnerware, connected underwear, and third-party romantic approval.
“Where resentment goes to die”
Challenge: Merging domestic worlds
Laboratorians: Chris & Dane
Redesigning domestic disputes through virtual resurrections
As resentments build over time, your smart home detects the optimal time to enter the Tandem Coffin. The enclosure helps resolve your issues through a simulated reality, where you and your lover live in balance harmony. The Coffin is a rejuvenation of your relationship, where resentment goes to die. The Coffin resides in the garden, where you both enter and are submerged into a visual and audio experience of domestic bliss, tailored to your specific issues.
“Eat Your Traumas”
Challenge: Letting go of the past
Laboratorians: Nick & Marshall
Everybody needs to eat. Everybody has pain and traumas in their past that they need to let go in order to have a healthy relationship. Therefore, everybody needs Trustware.
Trustware is personalized silverware engraved with your traumas. Upon commencing a new relationship, your past will immediately become apparent to your partner: they see it every time you eat. Over time, if the relationship continues, your traumas will become mixed in the silverware drawer. Perhaps you will even create new pieces of Trustware as a couple.
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Challenge: Being a third wheel
Laboratorians: Eric & Joe
Situation: You’re third-wheelin’ at a bar, and the couple you’re with wants to let you know your welcome is worn out.
Solution: Good thing you wore your Axle Underwear! The couple activates the Third Wheel’s nano-coil vibrating underwear that seeks out other Third Wheels. Find new friends or dates or hookups by using the increasing vibrational frequencies as you approach the other available Third Wheels.
—Nonconfrontational way to easily leave your Third Wheel situation.
—Find other Third Wheels in a discreet manner to connect and maybe just take off the underwear together.
—Use our vibrations to set the mood [winking face].
“Timely evolution of your relationship”
Challenge: Pacing romantic progress
Laboratorians: Megha & Nora
This heart-shaped smartwatch has several features.
—Measures your physiological response (eye/face movement (e.g. pupil size), pulse) to various options for the next phase of your relationship.
—Asks questions in an artificial intelligence format. Learns about your feelings toward your relationship and progress as you answer more questions. Returns a proposed next step based on your answers and physiological response from above, e.g. “Talk about moving in together” or “Wait six months proposed before proposing.”
—Flashcard Reveal: You and your partner can share your answers at the same time, mitigating the vulnerability and fear issue.
—Choice Simulator: Projects your future storyline depending on which next step you agree to take.
Smoothie Things Over
Challenge: Building Empathy
Laboratorians: Megha & Eric
A blender that senses and detects the biological chemicals present in one partner’s brain while feeling a certain emotion during a conflict. The blender then creates a smoothie that has the same chemical makeup for the other partner to drink, and therefore experience your partner’s emotional state. After the smoothie trip, you can reconvene and feel empathetic toward your partner’s feelings.
Invent Your Own