the objects in your house will notify you when something happens in your digital world

The different online information services and platforms to which we are subscribed, the applications, social networks, streaming content sites, browser updates, operating systemour different alarms for different tasks, notifications from the connected home equipment… They all send us a swarm of status messages and warnings daily with those who have to contend.

But in general they do it in a way very intrusive and conspicuous that goes into what we are doing, sometimes bothering or worrying us and leaving us intrigued until we finally open the screen and see what it is.

Google wants to go a step further in this world of notifications, especially thinking of an arsenal of small gadgets that will surround us in the future, each one eager to get our attention at a given moment. And for this they have proposed a change in the paradigm of domestic alerts in what they have come to call “Little Signals”.

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The theoretical idea behind this proposal is conceptually simple, but potentially complex: to create a alert and notification system to the user that is not intrusive but rather subtle and not at all overwhelming.

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According to Google, they want us to be up to date with what’s new in the digital day-to-day but in such a way that it is also possible to remain calm, without abrupt interruptions. How do they want to get it? Well, initially with a series of connected objects inside the home (at the moment there are six different ones) that will perform different actions to call our attention in a subtle way when something happens, as we can see in the following attached video.

For example, one of these connected objects is “Air”whose mission is blow a small amount of air around it to slightly move real objects such as the leaves of a plant or a wall and ceiling pendant. When it is activated and we see the plant move in the corner of the room, it means, for example, that we have received a message in one of the configured services.

Another is a button that looks like a connected speaker that moves up and downturns left and right in case we want more information and makes a sound to get our attention when we receive a message.

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The next is “Movement”a system that by means of a kind of cylinder visually informs us that something has happened in our digital environment, with different degrees of intensity depending on how many cylinders and how high they move.

The rest of the objects are of a similar nature, with notifications as subtle as for example a moving shadow, a small rhythmic sound or a light indicator with a moving arm that hits a jar to notify us that it is time to take the afternoon pills. We can see them all from the project website here from where we can also download the code of each object in case we want to build them on our own.

Will this Google proposal succeed? Well, it’s not clear, but the idea of ​​softening notifications and take them beyond mobile screens, the computer or the TV seems to me the most interesting. Another thing is that at the moment the ideas shown with Little Signals are perhaps too subtle for some users.

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