In response to the consequences of social distancing caused by the pandemic, we looked for new ways of creating a sense of “togetherness” with another person whilst in social isolation. The findings of this search manifested itself in a product called Azalea.
Azalea is a smartphone-based design that consist of a bespoke app and a tactile cushion which envelops the phone. A pair of Azaleas can be used to remotely connect two people through an enriched phone call. Azalea differentiates itself from a conventional