Gallery: VIDEO: Inhabitat Interviews MoMA Curator Paola Antonelli About...

With GPS tracking in our cars and on our phones, we no longer have to rely on stopping and asking a stranger for directions. Taiwanese designer Che-Wei Wang and American Kristin O’Friel thought there was something missed by relying on a software program rather than a person. Their Momo devices ads an animate and cozy quality to finding one’s way. The internal GPS system is programmed for the final destination. Looking much like a stuffed animal and clad in crocheted yarn (complete with ears), the Momo gently leans in the direction or turn to be made next. No robotic voice telling them where to go, the user relies on the gentle nudge of a friend to get them where they want to go.

Paola Antonelli: But there’s a whole world that is on the web. It’s a whole world that is about behaviors. There’s a whole world that is about interactions. There is this amazing infiltration of design in all the facets of our lives that goes well beyond the traditional furniture products and cars. I’m so happy about it because, as you’ve said, this is truly the moment to not only study, but also validate this form of design and give it some benchmarks by doing collective shows like this.

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  1. Diane Pham September 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Great interview. Love Paolo Antonelli – such an inspiration to creatives!

  2. Jill Fehrenbacher September 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Hey Dan-

    I don’t Paola is saying that there is ‘no impact’ from disruptive innovation – just that there are positive and negative consequences and we just have to be open, as a society, to change, because it is going to happen, whether we like it or not.

    -Jill

  3. Mike Chino September 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    This looks like an amazing exhibit – I’m bummed I can’t make it out to see it!

  4. dan mendes September 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    it’s interesting how Paola find’s no reservations in the increasing digital world and how it may affect human interactions and thoughts, to me everything affects everything, our views of products right now and how society works was greatly affected by the industrial revolution, why not the digital one?

  5. kestrel September 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Can’t wait to check this out. I really enjoyed Paola’s discussion on past and current relationships between “disruptive innovations”!

  6. Jessica Dailey September 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Great interview! I love the pieces that Antonelli pulls out as examples in the exhibit — the Tweenbot is so cute!

  7. Rebecca Paul September 1, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Wow what an inspiring interview! I’m fascinated by the concepts being explored in this exhibit, and I cannot wait to go.

  8. Yuka Yoneda September 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Yet another awesome video. Completely unrelated, but love the outfit choice too.