Jenna and I built an interactive installation called Green Touch together with the Touch Project of Oslo School of Architecture and Design. We're in Newcastle this week for Designs of the Time 2007 to display the installation at the festival.
The idea of Green Touch is to encourage the DOTT07 exhibition visitors to explore the design objects on display and learn about their production and environmental impact by touching them with NFC-enabled phones.
Green Touch brings the Thinglink interface to mobile devices. We used Nokia 6131 NFC Edition phones running a custom Java midlet. The software enables users to access images and sounds from thinglink.org when they touch an object containing a NFC tag, and provides tactile feedback on the phone.
For the installation, we selected a collection of Finnish design products that carry a unique story - such as the Artek stools designed by Alvar Aalto and Shigeru Ban.
So far the feedback here at DOTT has been enthusiastic. Especially kids seem to instantly grasp and love the idea of mobile phones as "magic wands".