Making our digital communication more human

Beyond words, our prosidy, intonation and dozens of other cues serve to derive meaning and empathize during a conversation. Video-calls make it difficult to pick-up on these cues, which can alienate and fatigue the participants.
This product uses ultrasound and optical sensors to capture non-verbal cues and respresents them using vibration, heat and light. It is designed to be centered around a mutual remote activity, which creates a sense of being in the same space. I tested the prototype with multiple users to prove this concept and they reported an enhanced sense of connection and see the potential for this product as a new way to interact online.

For a details on the process, here's a design journal . Additionally, here's the Arduino code and the timeline for the project I kept on Mural. Below is a visual summary of the project: