Communication technology has long strived to recreate the experience of being face-to-face with someone far way from you. But is the feeling of "being there" enough to make communication and collaboration effective, engaging, and efficient? In the Tin Can series, I explore ways of connecting both geographically remote and co-located groups using tablet-based applications to provide better awareness about the interests and attitudes of other people.
Although these projects focus on different kinds of contexts, they share an interest in giving people new non-verbal ways to express themselves. These new kinds of participation expand ideas about what legitimate participation in a meeting or conversation looks like. Perhaps you're not talking actively, but are helping to curate future ideas or tasks that will be useful to everyone after the meeting.