Decompressed Design is a series of devices designed to counteract the de-humanizing effects of technology.
The project proposes more humane alternatives to three common digital products - a smart lamp, a mapping app, and a messaging app. Sensing is a connected lamp that detects when the people around it are having an important conversation–and disables all digital notifications until it’s over.
Messaging replicates the etiquette of a real-life conversation by blocking the from switching between the text conversation and other apps during an active conversation and conveying the tenor and emotion of the other person using facial recognition software. Instead of simply choosing the fastest route, the project’s Mapping app allows users to choose other less machine-like criteria, such as ‘inspiration’ and ‘surprise’.