Introducing Coloring

For our Future Wearables class, Despina Papadopoulos asked us to speculate on what wearable technology might exist by the year 2046. We were to envisage trends, tensions and issues that might lead us there, and critique the role of the technology in society. What challenges might we be facing by then? What are the social repercussions? Is this a world we want, or don't want?

My team, with Amy Wu, Matt Brigante and Melody Quintana, explored the theme of 'Self, Mindfulness, Presence, Awareness'.

We developed a product called 'Coloring'.

Could we someday quantify our emotions? How might a "qualified self" manifest in future wearable technology, and what will it mean for society? Coloring is a concept that explores these questions.

Coloring is a hypothetical consumer health product that launches in the year 2046. By then, significant leaps in psychology and neuroscience research will have taken place, transforming our understanding of mental health. Innovations in materials technology will also introduce new possibilities for treatment, such as brain chip implants. Implants may very well become a social norm and be used, among other things, to regulate neurotransmission and hormone levels in the brain.

Coloring is a skin interface for people who use brain chip implants to track and manage their mental health. It communicates with the user's brain chip to display a real-time visualization of their emotional state, right in the palm of their hand. Emotions are mapped to a 7000-color spectrum. The spectrum is richer and more precise than our verbal emotional vocabulary, empowering people with a new language to understand their feelings. Rather than having to use blunt and unpredictable prescription drugs, users are given the agency to self-medicate when appropriate. They can simply blend harmonizing colors into their Coloring to balance their mood.