MugShots: A Mug Display for Front & Back Stage Social Interaction in the Workplace

Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao, Chris Schmandt


We explore creating objects for expressive communication in the workspace. As an initial step, we created MugShots, a coffee mug with a wireless OLED display that switches between public and private social interaction modes. Targeted for the workplace, MugShots is an intimate communication device in the personal office space, yet alternates to become a social catalyst to trigger conversation when brought to public areas. We present a prototype of MugShots along with a 21-person study, providing initial discussions and insight on designing objects for communication.

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