MugShots: Visual Communication Through Everyday Objects

MugShots enables visual communication though everyday objects. We embed a small display into the coffee mug, an object with frequent use in our daily lives. Targeted for the workplace, the mug transitions between different communication modes in public and private spaces. In the private office space, the mug is an object for intimate communication between remote friends; users receive emoticon stickers via the display. When brought to a public area, the mug switches to a pre-selected image of the user's choice, serving as a social catalyst to trigger conversations in public spaces.

Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao and Chris Schmandt