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Ben Arent

Chichester, United Kingdom

Product Design

Member since June 13, 2007

  • jive - social networking for your gran.

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    A design project based on EU objective 2007.7.1 ICT and Ageing, this objective is to look at how we bridge the digital divide, especially with older users. The final product is a new device that is just dedicated to staying in touch and keeping up to date with you existing social network. (its not meant to be a computer, instead a device that makes using the internet as a means of communication a lot easier!)

    jive is a proof of concept for a new communication device. Jive was created as part of Ben Arent's product design degree. Jive is a range of 3 products that were designed to get elderly technophobes connected to their friends and family.

    jive negates 3 mayor point of pain, which is currently stopping elderly users getting connected.

    'getting online' one plug router solves this problem by being pre-loaded with ISP setting at POS. So set-up is a true plug and play experience.

    loading and sharing contact details jive uses friend passes to link a physical persons ID with digital life. A user simply links a friend pass to there friendfeed account. This will then take care of aggregating all of the data into a friend pass, so when a friend pass is placed onto betty there data will appear.

    No Mouse Needed To operate jive you simply place an avatar onto 'bettys' display. So if you want to send a message you just place betty on the left of the screen, and you can now send a message to that person. This uses a magnetic tangible interface to work.

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making landfill meaningfull.

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design