MAX, 2016, Aluminium, Wood, Plastic, Leather, 4 of 4 x 4 x 0.75 in.
MAX is a set of wallets which embody personalities as diverse as the people who carry them. Branded by a unifying logo and form, the wallets express themselves through digital personalities reflected in their materials. When one opens the wallet or grabs their card — from credit card to metro card — the wallet emits an audio-visual, emotive response that provides subtle, whimsical reminders of their user’s spending habits. By increasing awareness of financial activity and endowing the everyday wallet with a personalized, playful identity, MAX seeks to be your new, pocket-sized financial sidekick.
Five students created MAX as a project for Critical Making in Spring 2016 when tasked with creating a new type of wearable device. Coming from various backgrounds of engineering, sciences, and humanities, they applied their diverse array of talents in design, fabrication, electronics, art, and language to rethink their interactions with the wallet.
Justin Berner, PhD Student, Spanish Literature
Eldon Schoop, B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2016)
Eugene Song, MEng. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2016)
Janette Tang, B.S. Molecular and Cell Biology (2017)