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(Archive) Azalea

A resourceful approach to enrich distance communication.

This project was part of DDW 2020

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

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Sliding in the phone to initiate the experience.

Light from the flashlight projecting outwards.

Azalea's different interaction possibilities.