Brad is a social experiment in device connectivity, and is the the idea of Italian designer, Simone Rebaudengo. Or to put it in simple terms, Brad is a toaster connected to the internet, other toasters and has a twitter account.
Brad also really, really likes making toast. He’ll tweet about how often you use him, and compare usage with other connected toasters. If you’re ignoring him, and others are being used more, then he’ll tweet reminders at you, rattle his handle, or start asking other twitter users if they want him instead.
Whilst a little off the wall, the bigger picture behind the experiment was to raise questions about how we might relate in the future to the products we buy.
Thermostats that lower themselves, or devices that turn off to save energy during peak hours: Nest Energy Services is already linking home electronics in this way.
‘Behaviours and relationships are interesting new materials that we can shape – and that we need to understand’, says Rebaudengo, ‘in order to design better experiences for people.’ We’ve often been sold an idea of cold efficiency, but how might our products interact in a more warm and human way? Perhaps your Ocado-linked fridge will pick the low-fat options after talking to your diet App.
‘I think the seamfulness of this will be much more interesting than the seamlessness,’ says Rebaudengo.
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