Adrian Cheok, from University of Singapore and Keio University of Japan, delivered an inspiring keynote at the Mobile HCI Conference early this month in Stockholm. His vision is that communication will move from informational to experiential. Experiential communications use visual, auditory and tactile imagery to capture attention, stimulate the senses in many ways: physically, rationally and emotionally. Adrian showed a number of prototypes on experiential communication that he is working on with his team: e.g. giving hugs to your pet friends, hugging distant people (as explored in the Huggy Pajama project), enriching paper communication. He also showed examples of communication involving food printing, as part of his project called Food Media. The project is exploring new digital food and cooking media for virtual and remote communication in order to enhance remote family communication networks and allows for novel intergenerational interactions between family members through food and food activities. One platform is based on a
3D food tele-generating printer that transforms eating into an interactive communication experience by creating edible layered messages. It produces food by printing layers of flavored agar pixels that are liquefied by a silicon heater and then solidify upon contact with the environment. The system prints the layered information according to drawings, photos, or texts submitted by the sender.
Personally I would be even happier if this way I could plan and cook my dinner remotely from my computer in a way that just after being back home from gym or work, all I have to do is setting my table!