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As part of team I was asked to redesign plinths for the TOTeM Project, a team of researchers from all over the UK, who are exploring “The Internet of Things” and inparticular tagging social cultures.

Physical Apps are an emerging concept where the internet is brought to life through physical objects Connecting and networking objects encouraging engaging and interactive experiences.
Plinths are traditionally pieces of static furniture that are used to display objects. We harnessed the physical aspects of this and integrate technologies and interactions to not only display the objects but tell there unique stories and provenance.
We explored social memories and the Internet of Things to create a way to track physical objects and record social histories. We brought museum to life through our designs.

The Twitter Compass is a plinth that displays live geo-located tweets that are hash tagged to the object on display.Physical apps are an emerging concept where the internet is brought to life through physical objects.Connecting objects to the internet allows people to engage in the physical interactions and allows them to be connected to anywhere in the world.

Plinths are traditionally pieces of static furniture used to display objects in museums. We wanted to harness the physical aspect of the plinth and integrate technologies and interactions, to not only display the object but gather stories and current conversations.
The Twitter Compass acts as a platform in which visitors to the museum can upload their own comments and join the conversations via Twitter. The compass displays these tweets in varying shades of grey that represent the distance from their origin.
The Twitter Compass creates a dynamic interaction that engages visitors to the museum to contribute to social histories, conversations and story telling.