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Smiles in motion (2000)

Smiles in Motion is an interactive piece of furniture designed for augmented relationship between two persons. Two chairs link two visitors and enables them

to converse with each other in a very special manner.

This construction might be called a “relation apparatus” and is able to transform speech into movement. Speech and sounds produced in the audible spectrum by the two visitors are converted into vibrations, through motors placed in the seats of the chairs.

As a visitor is perceiving what is spoken in the form of vibrations, he/she is also shown the mouth of the other visitor on a small monitor fixed inside a globe.

The visitors “hear” each other through vibrations, synchronised with the images of the movements of their mouths. And so may converse through vibrations and smiles.