Tribal Communication Technology

Van Mensvoort
November 30th 2009

phone not phone
Mobile phones are nextnature: Twenty years ago they didn't exist, now everyone has one and when you leave your house without it, you feel amputated. Like you are missing a limb and you quickly run back to your house to get your 'fifth limb'.

Telecom shops already seem to be growing phones in infinite variations. Nonetheless, students of the University of Dundee managed to find an original twist by creating a series of extremely specialized phones that communicate music, communicate nearness, or give you a massage when you get a message. I especially like the 'tribal' design of the series of devices. Although the wood style is somewhat illustrative, it is well chosen to provoke a debate about the tribal communication technology penetrating our everyday lives.

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susanta kumar dalai
Posted 14/12/2007 – 17:17

Am very much interested working with tribal people.Now the present scenario,especially like the "tribal" design of the series of devices. Although the wood style is somewhat illustrative, it is well chosen to provoke a debate about the tribal communication technology penetrating our everyday lives.

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