Sustainabot: Exploring the Use of Everyday Foodstuffs as Output and Input for and with Emergent Users
Mainstream digital interactions are spread over a plethora of devices and form-factors, from mobiles to laptops; printouts to large screens.
For emergent users, however, such abundance of choice is rarely accessible or affordable. In particular, viewing mobile content on a larger screen, or printing out copies, is often not available.
Proposed and developed by and with emergent users through a series of co-creation workshops (seen above) our work has been investigating the use of small robot "printers" that use everyday materials (such as salt or dust) to print shapes and patterns from mobile phones onto flat surfaces.
These materials have the advantage of being affordable and sustainable, both through appropriation and reuse and their relatively environmentally friendly nature compared with, say, disposable inkjet cartridges.