'Echo' concept by Jim Bemelmans

Current technology offers opportunities to deploy location-awareness in mobile apps. This project explored a range of design concepts for services that aim to bring people together in novel ways, using location-awareness and cultural content to foster serendipity and chance encounters.

Prototypes were created by Jim Bemelmans, Brent Rundberg, and Pitnaree Krachangwong.

Every day, we communicate with means that bridge the limitations of time and place, such as phones, email, chat, social media. This project explored concepts for location-bound asynchronous communication: how can we leave messages for other people in particular places? What applications of such technology could be meaningful? This project has led to very inspiring and strong concepts for new forms of encounters and social activities.

Message on the Spot