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series:01                         created at/for: F A B R I C A  s.P.a

As technology invades deeper and deeper into our lives, it seems to 
become less and less personal. The mass-production of goods has 
swayed us away from forming emotional attachments to our 'objects', 
be it furniture, clothes or electronics.

My interest in the personalization of technology has moved me to
create a series of gadgets that are inspired by object artisans such
as clock/watchmakers, jewelers and other craftsmen. Each object is 
hand-made with enclosures that are sculpted from traditional 
materials such as wood.

In addition, each gadget is far from purposeful. They are simple 
objects, designed for fun and expression.

Mark Argo, 2006

----> PixelDoodle >>------------------------------------------------

The computer screen is a dexterous multi-purpose object. It's 
used for writing emails, playing games, watching movies, chatting 
with friends. PixelDoodle offers another interface that is purely 
for simple communications. Use the 5x7 grid of pixels to simply 
express your mood, or write a 2-letter message. The object 
connects directly to your PC/Mac over a USB connection.

----> 9VGuy >>------------------------------------------------------

9VGuy was spawned out of a desire to characterize simple electronic 
components, like making tiny sculptures out resistors and 
capacitors. By snapping a simple interactive circuit on top of a 9V 
battery, a simple object is transformed into an electronic puppet. 
Each 9VGuy is slightly unique, with different sounds and different 
color LEDs or buttons.

----> BlockClock >>------------------------- photos by Oriol-FM ----

BlockClock is an easily-modifiable interface for the most immutable 
things in existence - time (please physicists, no comments). By 
turning the digits of a digital clock into discrete objects, one can 
play around with the order of time. Flip the last two digits to give 
yourself an extra couple minutes of time, or stack the time to create 
a whole new way to countdown the hours left at work.