Date Fall 2013
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 innovations in mental health research and materials technology will have taken place, transforming the way we perceive and treat mental illness. For example, it isn't a far stretch of the imagination that brain chip implants will become a norm. Implants could potentially 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 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 high-resolution, 7000-color spectrum. Users are empowered to understand how they're feeling with ultra-precise, color-coded readings. Rather than having to take prescription drugs to suppress entire buckets of emotion, users are given the agency to self-medicate when appropriate by blending harmonizing colors into their Coloring.