The computing concept ‘crowd’ wants to celebrate a new kind of interaction between the user and his / her PC. without opening the device, the user can check information on his / her PC-status or engage in online activities with friends in a very intuitive and poetic way. on the one hand ‘crowd’ can be used like a typical laptop. on the other hand the user can activate a new, playful and haptic interface for surfing the web, chatting or mailing. Putting a token on the touchpad activates the ‘interactive playground’. depending on the mode, different sized avatars represent friends who are online or display a history of web-sites you have visited. the sizes of the avatars are determined by the frequency in which you have contacted a certain person or have entered certain website in the past. this interface provides the user with a very clear and graphically based overview of his recent online activities.
The Crowd Notebook, Schaake’s take on the ubiquitous compact PC involves a couple of touchscreens clasped together. Crowd Notebook will have at least one camera at the back and a couple of USB ports. Throw in a 1,500 x 999 pixel screen, a hefty processor, and a 24Gb SSD drive, and maybe 4Gb RAM. That’s a pretty sweet set.
Philipp schaake and FUJITSU and DA – design association japan.
Take a look at some fantasic shots of this notebook: