A collection of clever devices concepted by RISD students inverts the Connected Home

Fortunately, students can buck trends without worrying about profitability, and one particular group of MFA furniture design students at RISD, in an exhibit called Face to Face: Searching for Authentic Experiences, is challenging assumptions about the unsocial direction connected home technology seems to be headed in.

The Illume table light has a simple but clever electronic function, taking advantage of a common gesture that people unwittingly use when they have space in common. Designed by Mayela Mujica, it switches on when two users place their phones on it, encouraging face-to-face conversation.

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