Affectionate Technology

One of the fascinating aspects of being human is that we are constantly exploring what it means to be alive, to experience emotion, to interact with other life forms. Artist Esther Van Amstel created a small, interactive device, that uses light, certain sounds, and vibrations in an attempt to make people interact with it as if it was alive.

The experiment uses a simple, elegant solution to provoke feelings of affection and warmth, the kind of feelings we would have for other living creatures. At Lumo, we create technology that we hope brings people together, so it’s exciting to see technology being in order to bring us closer to understanding our humanity, not further away.