Device Encourages Small Talk
'Personal Adviser For Reintegration' is a conceptual device that encourages casual interaction between strangers.
Designer Gerard Rallo’s collection, Devices For Mindless Communication, is a series of projects that speculate about alternative roles of technology in our social interaction. One of the projects in this collection is the “Personal Adviser For Reintegration,” a conceptual device that encourages small, casual chitchat with strangers.
Rallo explains his creation:
Sporadic, banal conversations with no aim behind them are at risk of disappearing, no longer a learned or common behavior of future generations. This device tracks conversations, giving hints about open questions, accepted comments, answers, and expressions.
It brings the awkward pleasure of small talk back to those who no longer interact with others for no reason.
Here’s a video of how this device works:
[via Creative Applications]