In Search Of

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Inspired by recipes of blink(1) reacting to travel data and check-ins such as in Foursquare, as well as its ability to exhibit patterns of any color, the ISO-PROXM Ring is a concept of jewelry that lights up according to when a loved one checks in. The frequency of the light pulsations depends on the proximity of their location to your current one, letting you know when you are near each other.

This concept was partially inspired by my background as a third culture kid, which constituted a lot of moving around and never staying in one place for too long. Because of this it is often difficult to keep in touch with people, and a painful weight on the heart not being able to see loved ones. The light on the ring serves as a beacon of hope for those caught in the hustle and bustle of life.

The symbols on the rings pay homage to the Tron Franchise, a passion that a far away loved one of mine and I share. They distinguish between male and female ISOs (Isomorphic algorithms), a race of programs said to be the most ‘human-like’ in the franchise. It is interesting to note that ISO is also a common abbreviation in personal ads that means In Search Of.
screencap from Tron: Legacy featuring the ISO symbol

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