Happiness is easiest to achieve with the support of others. Even on a bad day, support through empathy or shared understanding is extremely uplifting. Unfortunately, emotions are often difficult to express with those outside of trusted circles. Sharing or asking a complete stranger may seem invasive. As a result, we often bottle up our emotions or we post anonymously on the web (where sometimes mean responses outweigh the nice ones). However, what if there was a way to create a icebreaker for those around you to share your emotions.
Introducing Shyne - an mobile app that lets you broadcast your emotions through light beacons.
After selecting your mood, your phone will play beautiful lights on it's LED screen (different lights depending on your mood). Whether you are at a coffee shop, work, mall, or park, people can see it from near or afar. It's a great way to project and share your feelings without bursting people's personal bubbles. Others who see the beacons can also empathize or sympathize. Most importantly, it creates a pathway for those who are concerned or excited to approach and chat. On top of that, the app gives you a summary of the # of people & profiles of those around you who share the same emotion.
What inspired me was observing how many people I pass by in a given day that I know so little about. Furthermore, everyone is always self-absorbed with their phones that they barely notice those around them. I thought it would be cool to flip the world around and use phones as a way of connecting to the physical world instead of just virtually.
- Data Aggregation
- Cool Animations