Technology Probe Toy Design
// a social wearable prototype designed to augment co-located social interaction of players in the New Gyr LARP (live action role play) game in April 2018 in Marine County, CA.
+ Published in the proceedings of CSCW 2018.
+ Project Timeline: 3 months.
+ Design Type: Tangible Computational Toy
'True Colors' is a social wearable prototype designed to augment co-located social interaction of players in a LARP (live action role play). We designed it to enable the emergence of rich social dynamics between wearers and non-wearers.
To design True Colors, we followed a Research-through-Design approach, used experiential qualities and social affordances to guide our process, and co-designed with the LARP designers of Event Horizon.
13 True Colors wearables were deployed in a 3-day LARP event, attended by 109 people. From all the functionalities and interactivity the device afforded, players gravitated towards ones that emphasized the social value of experiencing vulnerability as a prompt to get together.