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Marble Answering Machine February 1, 2007

Posted by Melissa Quintanilha in innovative interfaces, physical interaction design.


The Marble Answering Machine (by Durell Bishop, student at the Royal College of Art) is a prototype telephone answering machine. Incoming voice messages are represented by marbles, the user can grasp and then drop to play the message or dial the caller automatically. It shows that computing doesn’t have to take place at a desk, but it can be integrated into everyday objects. The Marble Answering Machine demonstrates the great potential of making digital information graspable.



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3. John Lebrown - March 9, 2011

Very well-thought. If only more everyday applications could be like this one. They would become a lot cheaper to buy as well as easy to use for everyone.

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5. mermer - April 1, 2019

has been an informative post and design is great thank you!

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