The Toilet (sc)roller

Will we stop scrolling when our behaviour is reflected in the space around us?

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The Toilet (sc)roller is an experiment I carried out as part of my thesis for my interaction design degree at the Umea Institute of design. Throughout my thesis I am researching our relationships with technology and how we can actively design them to be more magical and exist in a form of consensus.
This experiment is questioning our addictive relationship by using the physical world to reflect our behaviour in a fun and relatable way.

The prototype is build with the LEGO WeDo 2.0 using the distance sensor creatively to detect the swiping motion of the finger. The sensor is, through bluetooth, connected to the motor that is controlling the toilet roll. This all together makes the toilet roll turn when the user swipes on the phone. Now the user is directly confronted with their own swiping behaviour.

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Kuba Sunderland-Ober wrote 05/30/2023 at 13:58 point

This idea is comedy gold. I absolutely love it! Now if there was a way to couple it with the stats that eg Apollo Reddit app gathers, you could have a drawn-out race between toilet paper and thumb scrolling :)

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Mike Szczys wrote 02/16/2021 at 15:35 point

Brilliant! Now we'll be prompted to hang our TP rolls from the ceiling to allow for more scrolling time on the throne.

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