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Web are you?

“Web are you?” is a networked emoticon6 device by Mauricio Melo [2005]. You log onto it through the Internet and let your significant other at home know if something at work or at school has made you happy, sad, upset, etc. Ideally there are two devices even though it can work even if there is only one. The one can be plugged to your home network, somewhere that can be seen by any of the family members. The other can be set at your office and be plugged to the office LAN7. At any given time during the day, if any of the device’s icons are pressed the device will reflect your current mood state sharing it with your significant other or a family member. If there is only one home device, it can be accessed through a regular webpage or cell phone. The devices are connected to the Internet through an Xport controlled by a Microchip that handles the basic communications. A series of switches reciprocally activate four LEDs that light the transparent emoticons. Either device is accessible on the web through its proprietary IP8 address.

Fig. 28 Web are you? [source:http://www.mauriciomelo.com/co ntents/interact05.htm]

According to Mauricio Melo [2005], some times we would like to know how our partner is doing during the day and vice versa, especially if we spend most of our day at our workspace. The main

Fig. 29 Web are you? [source: ibid]

6 An emoticon, also called a smiley, is a sequence of printable characters such as :), or :( or a small image that is intended to represent a human

facial expression and convey an emotion. Emoticons are a form of paralanguage commonly used in email messages, in online bulletin boards, or in chat rooms. The word emoticon is a portmanteau based on emotion and icon. [source:Wikipedia]

7 A Local Area Network (LAN) is a computer network covering a local area, like a home, office or small group of buildings such as a college.


8 An IP address (Internet Protocol address) is a unique number, similar in concept to a telephone number, used by machines (usually computers)

to refer to each other when sending information through the Internet. This allows machines passing the information onwards on behalf of the sender to know where to send it next, and for the machine receiving the information to know that it is the intended destination.[source:ibid]

Physical Computing:

Using Everyday Objects as Communication tools


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