Pillows, the type which are used for decoration, to soften up our homes, come in zillions of shapes, designs and styles to express personality, mood, dreams – every and any emotions we would possibly have.
MIT‘s Ambient Intelligence Group members Sajid Sadi and Pattie Maes in collaboration with Amir Mikhak created the Relational Pillow which is adding an interactive, relation enhancing dimension to a pillow.
The Relational Pillow is fitted with light and touch sensors, along with a Wi-Fi connection allowing to send emotions given to the pillow to someone far away.
The touch sensors let you literally draw a smile with your fingers on one Pillow and send it to another Relational Pillow. The information on one Pillow is transmitted to another, simply using the lights inside.
The Pillow acts as a pictorial communication channel between two people, perhaps between long-distance friends or couples.
Unfortunately the Relational Pillow like many other interactive pillows, is just a concept design and I am still waiting for a first commercially available product as this form of interactivity of a pillow would be much more appealing for me to have one around my couch unlike those ‘at every cost’ cute looking but static pillows.