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Cup Communicator

Cup Communicator

Cup Communicator (Images courtesy Duncan Wilson)
By Andrew Liszewski

Anyone who’s ever connected a couple of paper cups with a piece of string will probably find Duncan Wilson’s Cup Communicator reminiscent of a time when cups weren’t known for their part in a terrible internet meme. It’s basically a set of walkie talkies designed to look like a paper cup telephone, but thanks to modern electronics it manages to cut the physical cord. Or as Duncan describes it:

The design of the Cup Communicator is focused on the gesture of use and the relationship between the users and object. I aim to explore the potential of the product as a medium for interaction and reassess the way we use technology.

The form and function of the Cup Communicator refer to the ‘two-cans and string’ children’s toy and the physical factors involved with that device. This typology and its associations remind us of the magic and playfulness of our first communication devices.

Yeah, that too.

[ Cup Communicator ] VIA [ Architectradure ]







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  • mcman

    These should sell like burnt toast.

  • chaosoldier

    In contrast to mcman, I think this is a pretty cool idea great for reminiscing in this time of technological advance

  • Jessicat

    I agree its like a tribute. I don't see them selling like hot-cakes, but I like the thought.

  • Nikkita Croix

    I had hoped that it would also function as a cup. Since these don't seem to be for sale, or even in production, it would be a fun DIY project.
    I also like the wallpaper made of several layers of post-it notes that the guy also has on his website.

  • Nikkita Croix

    I had hoped that it would also function as a cup. Since these don't seem to be for sale, or even in production, it would be a fun DIY project.
    I also like the wallpaper made of several layers of post-it notes that the guy also has on his website.