I found this excerpt from an article on reaDIYmates’ Kickstarter project very thought provoking:
“By creating objects with specialized functions, we can reduce information (and notification) overload. By making the messenger physical and separate from the computer, we untether people from their devices.”
I think the possibilites in that regard are quite grand. I can envision my desk space, or take it further and say office in general, replete with various “friend” objects, each having their own notification or reminder type function. By putting a social connection between myself and a, for example, paper bird, I now have a sense of goodwill when that bird’s dedicated reminders come up. The bird is now a friend wanting to chat, versus my computer screen spitting out various digits quantifying my notifications and reminders.
I think it’s quite a stretch for the general consumer, but for your average technophile, untethering from the computer as much as possible is a good thing. Though, I suppose this makes me more of a qual than a quant, and the quants are going to be keen to having a flock of birds on their desks chirping at them.