Smallfry Industrial Design is in discussions to develop a working prototype of Ion, an interactive device for clubbers. Designed to be worn as a pendant, Ion is designed to exploit future wire-free technologies such as Bluetooth and Piconet. It will hold personal data on its owner and search out compatible profiles among other wearers. The device will light up if a match is found. By coupling or ‘kissing’ two units, information can be exchanged between them. Messages and images can also be sent between friends and DJs using the units, allowing tracks to be requested or purchased remotely. ‘So much product development is technology-led, thrust upon audiences with little understanding of how it fits with consumer desires,’ says Smallfry managing director Steve May-Russell.
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