Siân Lindley, Microsoft Research Cambridge
Illustration: Boris Design Studio


Wayve is a messaging device that enables people to scribble notes and take photos, which can be texted and emailed to others, or left to be encountered locally. Messages on the device form a scrolling display that can be seen at a glance by other family members. In a study of Wayve, we explored how playfulness was supported not only because of the design of the device, but also because of the context in which it was placed - that of the home.

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Extra stuff:


Wayve project website


CHI 2010 paper: Designing a Technological Playground: A Field Study of the Emergence of Play in Household Messaging (PDF)


Journal article: Shades of lightweight: Supporting cross-generational communication through home messaging (PDF)