I built the new Waves device using the latest new technology. But I didn’t want it to make me do any work – I’m sure your life is like mine: busy! That’s where the community comes in. You see, Waves lives on its own. Tell Waves where your music lives and it plays music automatically. Or, have Waves run light and sound shows created by others. Or, when I’m feeling creative, I craft with Waves, program it, and share my creations with others. And most of the time Waves just does its thing.
Last week I was thinking about an aquantance who passed away last November. I met Diane Disney Miller a few times at her Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. Diane was one of Walt Disney’s two daughters and simply one of the most special and wonderful people I’ve ever met. She inspired Walt to build Disneyland! (One of my favorite places to be.) There are many tributes to her on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. But I could only see them when my laptop is on and I point my browser to a particular page.
I wanted to do something that would capture Diane’s sense of fun and creativity and something that would honor her family’s contribution to making the world a nicer place. I wanted something alive, something I could hold, something social, I wanted the whole community to participate in something that I saw as cool.
Here is the tribute the community finished.
You see Waves is a social device. Yes, you can sit there and watch it, and it will make you happy. But you can control the experience as a user or contributor. If you want it to roll over and do tricks, it will roll over and do tricks.
This is a new category in social networking. I call it social crafting. Waves enables this. People participate, they mix the designs and creativity together. Waves is a connected physical box that sits on someone’s desktop or wall or wherever. The work people do in craft is part of the social sharing they do everyday. Craft becomes an extension of their social media and networking.
Blogger Cary Preston wrote “Waves is a fascinating product — functional yet it encourages personalization and artistic expression.”
I hope you take a look at the Waves project on Kickstarter and please consider making a pledge. And, please tell your friends about this page! Thanks!