Brief: To create an extra-human instinct for danger.
Note: Talisman was my graduation project for my MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering. While its creation now lies a while in the past, I believe it is still a valid demonstration of the links between emotions and technology.
After an incident during which I was abducted, drugged and held captive for three days whilst travelling in South East Asia, I wanted to use my design capabilities to help prevent other people from having similar experiences in the future.
Like an elephant that seeks higher grounds hours before a tsunami approaches, people in modern environments should have a reliable sense of danger. Talisman empowers you to unbound discovery and exploration of your surroundings with confidence and peace of mind. It challenges the way we consume, or rather perceive, information, by transforming abstract data streams into a physical instinct-like sensation.
Sense is a new kind of notification device that helps you make the unknown known. It learns about you, knows about your surroundings and uses this information to alert you via vibration, warmth or a chill when approaching scenarios of increased risk. It is your reliable companion that tells you when to watch out for pickpockets, when you should keep your camera in your pocket or when it would be better to take a taxi home.
Sense and the complimentary Talisman Application take care of these things so you can take your mind of them and fully enjoy the pleasant experiences that every city has to offer.