Gizmodo.com interviews inventor Pete Froslie about some projects adding emotional characteristics to consumer electronics – among which is a shy book:
“Anxiety Book” (Froslie, 2004)
The “Anxiety Book” is a motorized book that remains open while scanning its surroundings for people nearby. When approached, the book quickly shuts its cover and remains closed for a certain duration. When left alone, the book re-opens and continues the cycle. This project aims to integrate emotional responses into inanimate objects.