Yiyi Gao (Research, interface design)

Bonnie Jiang (Research, watch design)


By using elderly people who suffered from health problems and grandchildren who are in their early 20s and away from home as examples, we want to understand the problems between the family’s communications across generations, including the inconvenience of texting for elderly people, schedule conflicts, and repeated routinely communications.


We will design a wearable ambient device that allows for non-texting and immediate response. The device can also generate a random year that prompts the user to engage in new topics during their communications, instead of repeating their daily routine. The years generated are represented by constellations on the watch, and users can add stories to the year archives to store their shared memories.




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