Glowing pillows from the Interactive Institute provides new means of communication.
The idea of having electroluminescent wire woven into the textile pattern of a pillow is original and creative in itself, but this gets even better: The pillows come in pairs and are interactive. When you touch or hug one the other one starts glowing correspondingly – even if it is located somewhere else in the world! The two pillows are connected wirelessly via a communication platform on the Internet and thus you can experience a sense of closeness over long distances.
The Interactive Institute is an interdisciplinary arena for experimental IT research and the interactive pillows is but one of many projects. They have a way of putting unexpected combinations to use in intelligent and playful ways and it is always very inspiring to see what they are up to. Check out more truly intersectional innovation at their site: Or their studio in Göteborg where the pillows were developed.